How To Realign WITH God...
To many of us, the story of Jesus walking on water can be a bit old hat if we’re honest. It has become a story that we read, but rarely participate in. These next few weeks are more about us experiencing and encountering the living Jesus in our 10000 MINUTES.
“Immediately Jesus made his disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to Bethsaida, while he dismissed the crowd. After leaving them, he went up on a mountainside to pray…” Mark 6:45-46
Ok, so we know what’s next in this story, and we’ll get there, but this first practice seems essential to us moving forward in this journey. In order for Jesus’ power to be realized, His alignment and realignment were imperative. He went up the mountain to spend time WITH His Dad (God).
We often see or refer to prayer as something we do “To God” or “For God,” but rarely “WITH God.” It sounds so simplistic and even elementary, but I believe we’ll find this subtle difference to be profound for us this week!
Malia, my 11 year old daughter and I, had a conversation this morning about praying for one of her friendships. I said that we could pray together this week about both of their hearts. I reminded her that a major part of prayer is the aligning and realigning of our hearts and wills, with the heart and will of God. So this other friend’s heart may or may not change, but when we align our hearts WITH God’s, then we can rise above the drama.
When we pray WITH God, we are aligning to where He is working, and what He cares about. It’s so much more about relationship than out of duty.
10000 MINUTES PRACTICE:
Pray WITH Jesus and His Spirit today...Don’t pray For Him, or even To Him...Pray WITH Him today!
If it worked for Jesus, then it’s good enough for me:) Try it with me this week.
PS - If you are a person that has a regular “Quiet Time,” I’d encourage you to focus more on praying WITH God all day long...keep it conversational!
PPS - AND if you’re a person that rarely has alone time with God, with NO SHAME ATTACHED, take a few minutes everyday to get alone WITH Him. Just spend time thanking Him or reading, or confessing where you’re out of alignment WITH Him and realign! Journal if necessary!
Text “10k” to “55678” if you want weekly text reminders to your phone. We’ll be sending out a few encouragements a week to help you practice Jesus all week long!