Search me, break me, and send me: these have been our dangerous prayers over the past 21 days, but these aren’t just one-time prayers. They are daily submissions to God. Why do they have to be daily? Because the moment you submit your life to God by praying one of these prayers, your life becomes a battlefield.
In Galatians, Paul describes a battle between our flesh (our old, sinful nature) and our spirit (our new, submitted nature). These will square off against each other multiple times a day for as long as we live.
“For your self-life craves the things that offend the Holy Spirit and hinder him from living free within you! And the Holy Spirit’s intense cravings hinder your old self-life from dominating you! So then, the two incompatible and conflicting forces within you are your self-life of the flesh and the new creation life of the Spirit” (Gal 5:17-18 TPT).
So, what is our hope? Daily submission. Paul says, “When you yield to the life of the spirit…you will soar above” (Gal 5:16). To yield to the spirit we need to feed our spirit. We feed our spirits through a habit of prayer, reading the Bible, and worship. Bible teacher Kristy McLelland says that Jewish culture views reading the Word as a feast. God’s words and His presence are like honey, sweet to our souls. After spending time with God, and with those who are closest to Him, I always feel nourished and filled up. As we leave these 21 days, let us do it with a fresh commitment to nourish our spirits DAILY. Why would we not?
1 Thessalonians 5:17 says “make your life a prayer.” I love thinking about what this means: that I could commune with God so often and so naturally that my very breath, my very life, becomes a prayer. Our life on earth may be a battlefield but it can also be a prayer.
Challenge: What might God be asking you to do as we leave these 21 days that will help you feed your spirit and make your life a prayer? Take some time this morning to listen to what He says in response to your prayers.
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