Push the pause button on the noisy world,
and focus on deepening your faith for 21 days of prayer, study, growth, and transformation.
What is prayer?
• Prayer is communication with God
• Prayer is communion with God
• Prayer demonstrates our dependence upon God, our awareness of God, and our surrender to God
Optional: Incorporate Fasting
• Fasting is a spiritual discipline
• Fasting is when you eliminate distractions in order to focus on God
What is a distraction in your life? How to fast from it?
• Digital Fast: eliminate consumption of TV &/or social media
• The Daniel Fast (abstain from meat, sweets, dairy)
• Fast from shopping
• Fast one meal per day
The deeper meaning of "joy"
The word joy, or some form of it (“rejoice,” or “joyful”) is mentioned over 400 times in the Bible. Joy ranks right up there with words like faith and wisdom. The word first appears in the book of Esther, when an evil plot to annihilate the entire Jewish nation was thwarted; “there was joy and gladness among the Jews with feasting and celebrating” (Esther 8:18).
In the New Testament, we learn that joy in the byproduct of the Holy Spirits works in our lives (Galatians 5:22). 1 Peter says that when we trust Jesus and enter into a relationship with him, we receive a joy that is “glorious and too much for words”(1 Peter 1:8 CEB). Over the next several weeks we will examine the deeper meaning of joy.
Unlike happiness, a state of emotional well-being based on good things happening in a specific moment, joy is an inner feeling that can be sustained, even in the face of hardships and trials. For the believer, joy is a choice; through the power of the Holy Spirit, we have the ability, to choose to respond to adverse, external circumstances with inner contentment and satisfaction.
Because we know that, All, things are working together for our good (Romans 8:28). That means that God is working through both joy and pain to accomplish His work in our lives. We should not pray so much for the removal of affliction, as for wisdom to make a right use of it.