In order to give you some guidance, I'm going to share with you a journal entry. It should take about 5-15 minutes, depending on how long you linger. I guess with that concept, it could even take much longer. I see the purpose of this time as a pause in your day to check in with God, to see where your heart is and where it could be.
This is not something that I expect you to share with the world, it's a PERSONAL worship challenge. Even though there may be a group of us doing it, you will have to find the time that works best for you and give it ago. The best part is that there is no failing. If you worship God just once, that is great. If you don't even get to once, but you start pondering the idea, who knows what the future will bring? You can find a copy of the journal that I used here online by clicking here
I hope you join me, leave a comment if you decide to try. Maybe I'll even get a prize for whoever finishes first.
Day 1 – Personal Worship
Date: May 19, 2013 Text: Romans 7
Pray, asking God to forgive specific sins
and to speak to you from this passage.
Lord, forgive me for being lazy. Help me to understand this passage and may I seek you only.
Read the text carefully, noting your
observations about the passage.
Verse 4 really jumps out at me. The idea of dying to the law in order that I can bear fruit for God.
Ask questions to help you interpret and
apply the text to your personal life.
What ways do I enjoy the law more than I enjoy bearing fruit? Can I actually die to the law through Christ? And in what ways could bearing fruit be better for me than following the law?
Interpret the passage in a way that is
consistent with the teaching of all Scripture.
Jesus Christ died to fulfill the law, therefore, we don't have to live according the law but to life in Christ
Summarize a specific and measurable application
of the text to your personal life.
By God’s grace I will…die to the law and live in Christ, so that I may bear fruit.
with God in prayer using the five targets of the Lord’s Prayer:
1. God’s Honor – acknowledging His worth, glory, and majesty
“Our Father in heaven, hallowed is your
Lord, you are an amazing God! There is no one that can do the things that you can.
2. God’s Kingdom – acknowledging His
priority in the world and in your life
“Your kingdom come, your will be done on
earth as it is in heaven.”
If I don't die with you, Lord, then I'm just spinning my wheels. You are the only way that I can bear fruit help me to cling to you for my every breath.
3. God’s Provision – acknowledging His
“Give us this day our daily bread,”
I trust you, to provide for all my needs and my wants. Today, I need to be with fellow believers. I need you to guide me in all my ways, especially my eating. I need you to help me enjoy my family. Be with Joel and Hannah this day. Give them the things that they need.
4. God’s Forgiveness – acknowledging your
“And forgive us our debts, as we also have
forgiven our debtors.”
God, many times I've turned to the law instead of to you. Forgive me for doing so. Help me to die with you.
5. God’s Power – acknowledging your
“And deliver us from the evil one so that we
may not be led into temptation.”
I'm worthless without you. Take all that I am and use it for your kingdom. May no part of me be willing to partake in sin. May I be fully committed to you, body mind soul spirit. AMEN