Josiah: Day 2

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DAY 2: Real Life Transformation

Be honest: When you spend time in prayer, do you spend more time praying for your circumstances to change, or more time praying that God would truly transform your life? That you would come to know Him so strongly that He could change your perspective and see things more like He does?

In his book simply titled Prayer, Pastor and Author Timothy Keller writes, “It is remarkable that in all of his writings Paul’s prayers for his friends contain no appeals for changes in their circumstances. It is certain that they lived in the midst of many dangers and hardships. They faced persecution, death from disease, oppression by powerful forces, and separation from loved ones. Their existence was far less secure than ours is today. Yet in these prayers you see not one petition for a better emperor, for protection from marauding armies, or even for bread for the next meal. Paul does not pray for the goods we would usually have near the top of our lists of requests.”

As you read today, consider this: How are your own prayers similar to the Apostle Paul’s? How are they different? 

READING & JOURNALING:

Today’s reading is a compilation of prayers from the Apostle Paul in the New Testament. These prayers are how he prayed for his friends who were likely experiencing adversity on a level far greater than we do today. Read through these passages in the order listed, and then answer the questions below. 

Philippians 1:3-6; Philippians 1:9-11; Colossians 1:9-12; Ephesians 3:16-19; Ephesians 1:17-19; Colossians 3:12-17; Philippians 4:8-9

How are your own prayers similar to the Apostle Paul’s? 

How are they different?

F260 READING: (A Scripture Reading Plan for Busy Believers)

Read: Leviticus 26

Journal: Write it out. Following the pattern from 7 Arrows Page (click here) what did you learn from today’s reading?

PRAYER:

Today, write out your own prayer to God. Don’t pray that He would transform your circumstances. Instead, invite Him to transform your life.

 

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