A 21 Day Spiritual Journey Day 16

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.” ― Søren Kierkegaard

“The function of prayer is not to influence God, but rather to change the nature of the one who prays.”
― Søren Kierkegaard

Our study during this journey is called The Circle Maker.   Its basic premise is that we should dream again and ask largely of our God who desires to give us good things. As I have launched into the deeps of prayer during this season  God has been enlarging my personal prayer list on almost a daily basis. I am finding that as I pray God is building my faith by giving me steps to take in order to put me in a position to see His hand move in my ever-increasing list. Part of praying in faith is behaving in belief…that is acting like I expect  God to answer to my prayers.

One of the prayers on my list is about a trip I would like to take this year. I have told God I would like to go if I get a certain amount back in my taxes. Now my tax appointment is not for another two weeks. Yet in prayer yesterday God told me that if I hoped to go I must set the dates aside. Planning for the trip is my step of faith.

My heart asks “But what if God doesn’t meet you with the money?”

To which  my spirit replies, “What if He does?”

So what is your step of faith?

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12 thoughts on “A 21 Day Spiritual Journey Day 16

  1. There is a certain dream I have been circling even before this journey started. My step of faith is that I have been preparing my son for the reality of my dream that will come to pass in God’s timing. Our faith together is stronger than mine alone. God is faithful to His children according to His will. I am walking by faith until it is sight and the best part is that my son will watch mommy walk by faith for God knows when we are spiritually ready His blessing. A-men and A-men!

  2. Okay, ready for my true confession, Pastor J? Over the years I’ve been so confused on the subject of “praying expectantly”–but with the caveat that we must pray “in” God’s will–that I think I gave up praying for myself much. I pray for others, of course….. Help? God bless you and the fam–love, sis Caddo

    • This is a really good question. I think all of us have areas of our lives where these two conditions run at odds with each other and create confusion. I will be writing on it for the next few days.

  3. My biggest step in faith has been to live a full life since my stroke that nearly killed me…at first, I was afraid to do or plan anything….but since God restored me…I have learned to live my life until God wants me to stop living it..and not be worried about what could happen…..I just ask God for his will before I plan anything… good post!

  4. Right now my step of faith is to complete my specialized certification as a Stress Relief Coach and launch my life coaching practice…….I believe this is where God is directing me and with His help, it is possible.

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