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Day Five: “The Life That Is Praying”

Friday, September 19th, 2014

Passage: Mark 8:34-38

Then he called the crowd to him along with his disciples and said: “Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves and take up their cross and follow me. For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me and for the gospel will save it. What good is it for someone to gain the whole world, yet forfeit their soul? Or what can anyone give in exchange for their soul? If anyone is ashamed of me and my words in this adulterous and sinful generation, the Son of Man will be ashamed of them when he comes in his Father’s glory with the holy angels.”

In Mark 9:29, Jesus replies, “…this kind can come out only by prayer”. This prayer that Jesus talks about is not just the act of praying, but it is about the one and the life of the one who is praying which is living the life that is following the way of the cross described in this Mark passage above. Jesus demonstrated this way of the living in His life. He is God, but He did not consider equality with God. He humbled himself and came to us, loved us, and ultimately paid the cost on the cross for us, redeemed us to be with the Father. He denied his rights and privileges and lived to accomplish the Father’s will.

In His love, He invites us to follow Him and live this life to fullest. Denying ourselves does mean for us to have proper priorities, not to live for ourselves, letting go of our attachment, but instead putting God above everything else. In losing of this old life, we will gain a new life of loving, deeply knowing and following the Lord and His will for us. This is the life that is praying. As His children, God has pursued us, loved us and invited and still invites us into this life with Him.

Let us thank God for His love in our lives and for calling us and inviting us to be His disciples. Let us ask for the Spirit’s help to reveal to us the misplaced priorities, idols and securities in our lives. Let us surrender them to the cross, ask for forgiveness for our ways and ask God for the Spirit’s empowering to renew us and strengthen us with His passionate love and align ourselves with Him again.

Let us also pray for the Spirit’s filling in our lives that we will live in deeper intimacy with the Lord - knowing Him, walking with Him and living in His will and ways for us.

Day Four: “Effective Praying”

Thursday, September 18th, 2014

Day Three: “Don’t Be Afraid; Just Believe”

Wednesday, September 17th, 2014

Day Two: “She Just Got It”

Tuesday, September 16th, 2014

Day One: “Do Anything To Be Noticed”

Monday, September 15th, 2014