I am very excited. We officially begin Ash Wednesday, March 6. I have been praying for each of you. I am praying that the Lord would bless your obedience; that you would do your part, so He could do His part.
I’ve learned more from Mark Batterson and his ideas behind a prayer circle. Ideally it isn’t a private event. I’m aware of some small groups who have taken this on as well as several couples. WONDERFUL.
It is NOT too late to join us. You are welcome to share this email with anyone you think could benefit. If you are a blog subscriber, but have not specifically subscribed to the prayer challenge and would like to… you will need to subscribe to that. If you are uncertain of your status, click the green link to add your information. If you’re already subscribed it won’t duplicate.
If you’re venturing out on your own for this prayer challenge, please don’t isolate yourself. Tell a trusted friend about your venture. Ask them to pray for your discipline. In an attempt to foster some community among our online group, I will include a check in post each Sunday afternoon, just like today.
The check in post will be your opportunity to bless our community with your light bulb moments, your questions and what the Lord is teaching you. I’ve already heard from many of you and it is selfish of me to be the only communication point. We learn from each other.
Please participate in the Sunday community post. Genesis 12:2 promises you are blessed to be a blessing.
Today is a practice run. What questions do you have? Please ask them in the comment section below. And/or just report your intentions for some gentle accountability.
As a reminder…
- First, be praying about what God would want you to focus on for this forty days. What is your circle?
- Second, consider using a journal. One of the surprise blessings of my public record on facebook following Ian’s accident was that I had a record of God’s faithfulness. I can go back and review where my prayers were answered with a YES. I also see where He answered NO, I have something better. And it’s obvious where God was changing me and my heart. Use your journal to record your thoughts, your prayers, your insights.
- Third, consider the where and when of your prayer time. For me, it will be in my favorite chair 7:30am with a cup of coffee. So you can plan, and to accommodate many time zones, my daily email will arrive at 7am EST.
- Fourth, make a commitment to yourself. You will get out of it, exactly what you put into it. Be all in.
Let’s expect God to do something amazing. Debbie Hucke