Thursday, January 17
Growth, change, and movement forward begins with being motivated by the right things. The beginning of the year is a time that most of us are motivated to change some things. If you’re involved in our 21 days of prayer, you’re most likely interesting in engaging with God in a more powerful way this year
Scripture: Acts 9
3 As he traveled and was nearing Damascus, a light from heaven suddenly flashed around him. 4 Falling to the ground, he heard a voice saying to him,“Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting me? ” 5 “Who are you, Lord? ” Saul said. “I am Jesus, the one you are persecuting,” he replied. 6 “But get up and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.” 7 The men who were traveling with him stood speechless, hearing the sound but seeing no one. 8 Saul got up from the ground, and though his eyes were open, he could see nothing. So they took him by the hand and led him into Damascus. 9 He was unable to see for three days and did not eat or drink. -- Acts 9:3-9 (CSB)
In Acts 9 we see what may be one of the greatest and quickest conversions in history. It wasn’t enough knowledge, understanding, or discipline that lead to Paul being immediately humbled and changed. It was an encounter with God himself. The thing that’s going to create true, genuine, and lasting passion in us isn’t the right strategy. It’s the right power. Paul, an enemy of God, a persecutor of the Church, a murderer of Christians - was changed in an instant because of the awe he experienced through an encounter with Jesus.
God, reveal yourself to us. Do so in such a real way that everything else in life seems so meaningless without you in us. Blind us to the pleasures of the world. Blind us to the pursuit of our own agenda. Blind us to everything other than you so that our focus would be set on the one thing that creates real change. Give us an awe that motivates us to live for your sake in all that we do.
Pick Four More Activities
Listen and Worship.
Pray a Psalm.
Read a Book.
Retell the Gospel to Yourself.
Take Some Notes on Today's Devotional.
Pray for Yourself, Your Family, Your Church, and the Lost.
Memorize a Verse.
List Five Things You're Thankful For.