February 2020 Newsletter
On January 6th, Epiphany, our church began a 40 Day Prayer Challenge based on Mark Batterson’s book, Draw the Circle: The 40 Day Prayer Challenge. The purpose of this challenge is to carve out daily time with God to read a daily devotion and pray and/or journal so we can create the habits that keep us focused on getting into God’s presence. As you read this February newsletter, we will be about halfway through this prayer challenge and I hope you have seen God moving in powerful ways in your prayer life. If you haven’t started this challenge or fell out of the habit there is no time like today to begin!
What I appreciate about this prayer book is that the goal of the 40 day prayer challenge isn’t about getting what you want by day 40, but to figure out what God wants and wills for our lives by getting into God’s presence. As God begins to reveal a promise, we in turn must change and dare get our feet wet. On Day 7 there is a reflection about the Israelites on the verge of entering into the Promised Land and Batterson writes, “But if the priests hadn’t stepped into the rivers, they may well have spent the rest of their lives on the eastern banks of the Jordan River. And that’s where many of us spend our lives. We’re so close to the dream, so close to the promise, so close to the miracle. But we’re waiting for God to part the river, while God is waiting for us to get our feet wet. We’ll never see God part the Jordan River if our feet are firmly planted on dry ground. But if we step into the river, God will part it.”
What does it look like on your faith journey to take a step into the river and get your feet wet? Maybe you need to commit to a daily prayer practice that will open your eyes and ears to God’s presence? Maybe you need to let go of something that is preventing you from taking a step forward on your faith journey? Maybe you need to put a deposit down on our mission trip to Crisfield, MD this summer? Maybe God wants you to apply for a new job, volunteer at one of our local mission partners, or start a new project at home, work, or church?
Please let me know how I can be praying for your faith journey or how it is feeling to get your feet wet! The best part about being part of a caring community of believers is that you are never alone on this journey. Your brothers and sisters in Christ are standing right beside you with their shoes off, ready to take steps, even leaps, of faith. I can’t wait to hear about the way in which God is answering prayers, directing our path, and encouraging us to get our feet wet as we take steps of faith in God’s Promised Land.
P.S. Join your church family on Saturday, February 8th for another opportunity to get into God’s presence in the form of a prayer retreat here at the church! Hope to see you there!