Shifting our prayers from promotion to growth. What do you say?
You know when you can sense one season of life coming to an end and the exciting new season right around the corner? How it can be equally overwhelming as it is exciting? Some of us are prone to drag our feet and some of us are prone to jump before looking into that next season of life. Which are you?
I can tell that a new season is right around the corner. I'm applying to intern at my local church. New big things. Because I've sensed this change coming around the corner, it accidentally morphed my prayer life.
I began to pray for promotion instead of praying for growth.
I realized my mistake when I asked my boyfriend to pray for me. We were praying on the phone and he said the sweet phrase, "Lord, please help us to be more like you." So simple. So sweet. So the exact opposite of everything that I had been praying.
My heart was genuine. My prayers were real and from the heart. It just turns out, my heart was a little wrong. I was praying for The Lord to give pave a way for me to serve His Kingdom. But do you know what I was not praying for? Sanctification. Those two things must go hand in hand. Your desire to be used by God to build His Kingdom and your desire to become like Jesus should go hand in hand.
There's no place in Kingdom Work for people who have no desire to look like the King.
Don't get me wrong. I have a deep desire to look, act, and feel like The Lord. I just wasn't praying like it.
So, blogging friends, how have you been praying lately? Have you been praying for promotion or growth? Or a good combination of the both?
God wants to promote you. He wants to call you to do things bigger than you ever imagined. He wants to use YOU (or maybe your blog) to grow the Kingdom. But He also wants to grow you into a person who reflects Him well.
Pray for both. Pray for promotion and growth. He won't disappoint you.
We exist to glorify God, to display His heart and character. And I just love how we are all uniquely built to do that. So every Friday I want to give you, uniquely designed by God, an opportunity to link up your thoughts on God, art, baking, photography, parenting, marriage, homeschooling, writing or blogging and more if they tie into or display the Lord somehow.
Here's how it works.
1. Link up as many blog posts as you want below by clicking the link below and following the prompts. (Perhaps think of old posts you want more exposure to as well as new ones.)
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3. Take a minute to visit and comment on another sweet lady or two's post. You're encouragement might be just what she needs to keep pressing on in being a voice in the darkness.
Jacque is the Missional Women Intern and a college student in Denver, CO who balances her time between trying to go to class and learning about His saving grace and perfect love as much as she can. She is a twenty something, DIY attempting, Jesus loving, Denver living, small town rooted, Colorado sports fan. She loves black coffee, long conversations and watching people do what God created them for. You can find her Christian Twenty Somethings blog at Desperately Dependent.
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