Walk Faithfully & Wholeheartedly Before God

WALK FAITHFULLY & WHOLEHEARTEDLY BEFORE GOD– THE PROMISES OF GOD – SERMON RESOURCES

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ENGAGING THE PRACTICAL TIP

This week, Pastor Donnell invited us to consider how we, like Abraham and Sarah, so often take the things that God has promised to us into our own hands. Sometimes, we even reject God’s answers to prayer because they don’t look like we imagined they would. It would be so much easier if God simply came alongside us and blessed what we were already doing. It would be so much easier if God’s provision didn’t require the sacrifice of our own plans, or our control over the situation.

So how do we cultivate the kind of faith that allows us to sacrifice our expectations for how God will provide and to surrender in trust to God’s love, promises, and provision? This kind of faith comes not just through experiencing the goodness and provision of God, but also through absorbing and treasuring that provision. It takes attention and gratitude for the ways the Spirit is moving through each moment of our lives. Over the past few weeks, we’ve been focusing on the practical tip of practicing the presence of God. This week, we will continue to press in to this practice.

Each morning this week, try offering all of yourself to God for the day ahead. This doesn’t need to be a complicated or long prayer, just a quiet and intentional moment acknowledging the presence of Jesus in your midst, and committing to do your best to remain aware of how Jesus is at work in your life. Throughout the day ask yourself if you are still living your intention to be in God’s presence. Do not be discouraged when you stray from your intention to live in his presence; simply begin again. God loves for you to turn your heart back to him. Try using this simple prayer from Brother Lawrence: “My God here I am, entirely devoted to you. Lord, shape me according to your heart.” (Adapted from Adele Calhoun’s Spiritual Disciplines Handbook.)

Feel free to share your experience with others who have also tried this prayer exercise by commenting below or emailing: spiritual.practices@annarborvineyard.org.

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