The First 10 Days

As mentioned in this post, click here to read, on March 14th I began to “Draw the Circle” and embark upon a 40 day prayer challenge.

Draw the Circle

The daily devotionals are rich and full of inspiration and encourage me that my prayers are the catalyst for what God will do.  Here is a summary statement (from the author) of each of the 10 days so far:

Day 1 – “If you pray to God regularly, irregular things will happen on a regular basis.”

Day 2 – “God is great not just because nothing is too big for Him; God is also great because nothing is too small”.

Day 3 – “If we give more of ourselves to God, God will give more of Himself to us.”

Day 4 – “Sometimes God delivers us from our problems; sometimes God delivers us through our problems.”

Day 5 – “The shortest pencil is longer than the longest memory.”

Day 6 – “The greatest tragedy in life is the prayers that go unanswered simply because they go unasked.”

Day 7 – “If you want to see God move, make a move.”

Day 8 – “One God-idea is worth more than a thousand good ideas.”

Day 9 – “Never underestimate the power of a single prayer.”

Day 10 – “Bold prayers honor God and God honors bold prayers.”

For each of the past 10 days, I have been reading the daily prayer devotional and praying for our church building project as it nears its completion.  I am praying for abundant, even miraculous, provision and peace for all involved.  The goal is to occupy our building in May, and that glorious day can’t come soon enough!

The prayer challenge was going well until Day 9.  Day 9 is when something happened that was in direct opposition to my prayers and that’s when it became challenging.  The sub-title of this book is “The 40 Day Prayer Challenge”.  Challenge – what an interesting word, with many definitions:

Challenge –

  1. A demand for explanation or justification; a calling into question: a challenge to a theory.
  2. A test of one’s abilities or resources in a demanding but stimulating undertaking: a career that offers a challenge.
  3. To call to engage in a contest, fight, or competition: challenged me to a game of chess.
  4. To invite with defiance; dare: challenged him to contradict her.
  5. To summon to action, effort, or use; stimulate: a problem that challenges the imagination.
  6. To make or give voice to a challenge.

Each of the above definitions, of challenge, has become meaningful 10 days into this “40 Day Prayer Challenge”.

  1. I am questioning my previous beliefs about prayer, I believed for far too little.
  2. My abilities and resources are being challenged (but God’s are not!).
  3. There is a spiritual fight going on, thankfully God will win.  My prayers help to ensure that.
  4. My enemy is trying to defy what I am doing.
  5. I am being summoned to action and my faith is being put to use.
  6. The author of this book gave voice to a prayer challenge and I’m so glad he did.

Because of the encouragement of this little book, I know the circumstances nine days into this prayer challenge are not the final answer.  I am looking forward to how the Lord will work and move in this situation.  What appears challenging to us is easy-peasy for Him.  God hasn’t gotten us this far to ditch us now!

What are you praying for?  Are you being challenged?  Let’s pray this prayer of faith together:

“Father, You are good and faithful.  Things that seem challenging to me are no problem for You.  Give me the faith I need to press on, knowing that challenges are what help me grow.  May my faith become stronger and may it please you.  In Jesus’ Name and for His sake, Amen.”

Your Friend in Ministry,

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