It is hard to believe that we have now walked through the first thirty days of January. How have these days been for you? What has the beginning of your journey through a new decade been like for you?
In Genesis 13 after God instructs Abraham and Lot to go their separate ways, God says to Abraham:
Rise up, walk through the length and the breadth of the land,
for I will give it to you. ~Genesis 13:17
This admonition to rise up, walk is an invitation to look at the landscape of our lives and live in the reality that life with God is both a physical and spiritual journey. When we do, we notice that the real journey is an inward discovery of God’s good graces.
The following is a list of ways to prayerfully rise us, walk:
• Express gratitude to God.
• Let go of worries, hurts, resentments, jealousies, and comparisons that hinder hearing from God.
• Refocus ofte on God through worship and Scripture passages such as Psalm 84:11:
For the Lord God is a sun and shield; he bestows favor and honor.
No good thing does the Lord withhold from those who walk uprightly.
• Notice any plans, purposes, or prayers God puts before you.
Is there a recent teaching or conversation God brings to mind?
• Keep pace with God not the culture.
• Continue to look and listen for God’s promptings and whispers.
• Receive what God wants to give:
Hope, healing, wisdom, reassurances, a new sense of purpose, freedom…love.
• Praise God for the blessing of the physical and spiritual journey.
• Take time to journal meaningful moments with God.
• Persevere in prayer.
Lord, help us receive your expansive grace in the days and months ahead.