From Valentine’s Day to Easter–the 40 days of Lent, I challenge you and myself to take part in Mark Batterson’s Draw the Circle of Prayer. You may do a google search and find it online just like I did and/or you may follow parts that I will post here on my blog. Please know I give all credit to author Mark Batterson for all that will be presented here. Here is how he begins, “I believe prayer is the difference between the best you can do and the best God can do. It’s the difference between letting things happen and making things happen. It’s the difference between you fighting for God and God fighting for you. Over the next forty days, we’re going to pray like it depends on God and work like it depends on us. And I believe that God is going to show up and show off His power, His grace, His goodness. Welcome to the forty-day prayer challenge.” Mark Batterson
Read, pray and meditate on Joshua 1:1-11: 1 fter the death of Moses the servant of the Lord, the Lord said to Joshua, son of Nun, Moses’ aide: 2 “Moses my servant is dead. Now then, you and all these people, get ready to cross the Jordan River into the land I am about to give to them–to the Israelites. 3 I will give you every place where you set your foot, as I promised Moses. 4 Your territory will extend from the desert to Lebanon, and from the great river, the Euphrates–all the Hittite country–to the Mediterranean Sea in the west. 5 No one will be able to stand against you all the days of your life. As I was with Moses, so I will be with you; I will never leave you nor forsake you. 6 Be strong and courageous, because you will lead these people to inherit the land I swore to their ancestors to give them. 7 Be strong and very courageous. Be careful to obey all the law my servant Moses gave you; do not turn from it to the right or to the left, that you may be successful wherever you go. 8 Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. 9 Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not become discouraged for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.”
10 Joshua ordered the officers of the people. 11 “Go through the camp and tell the people, ‘Get your provisions ready. Three days from now you will cross the Jordan here to go in and take possession of the land the Lord your God is giving you for your own.”
Meditate on this Scripture–What new things does God want to show us? What are we advised to do? Commit verse 9 to memory–you will use it on many of your future days.
Ready as we celebrated Valentine’s Day & Ash Wednesday on the same day this year?