Good evening to the fasting crew!
 
I’m wondering if you’ve ever had your mind so set on getting something, that it started taking up a lot of mental focus?  My mind wanders to those moments of life when a real need lined up with a current opportunity, and it started to take up more space in my daily thoughts.
 
I remember being single (and ready to find a girlfriend) when I had my first conversation with Carrie.  You better believe all I could think about was finding a way to get her on a date with me!  I remember when our lawnmower’s hot engine exploded on my leg, and I started scanning the big box store ads for good deals on a replacement.  I remember moving to the Cambridge area in 2014, and after being told about all the snow we would be getting, all I could think about was bringing home a snow blower as soon as possible!  Perhaps you’re already thinking of similar moments in your life… and I hope a smile has come to your face too!
 
I can’t help but think about how this applies to the 21 days of fasting & prayer we’ve just launched here at Calvary.  There is a real need in our lives, and there is a big opportunity before us.  We’ve chosen to go without some of the nicer things of life, with the express purpose of seeking and finding God.  We’ve intentionally put ourselves in a POSITION of PURSUIT, and I’m hoping that finding God, experiencing His freedom, and receiving His breakthrough, is what begins to occupy your mind more than anything else!
 
I’m reminded of what Paul wrote in Romans 12:2 – “Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” 

He speaks to the ‘renewing of the mind’, and I believe he did so, because he knew how much our minds can be thinking of other things. He knew how important it was for our minds to be recalibrated toward God.
 
I believe that whatever occupies our minds, is a good reflection of what our hearts are pursuing.  The things we’re thinking about when we wake up, and when we go to sleep at night.  It can be so much more than our cells phones, and social media networks.  It can be more than the pressures of today, and the demands of tomorrow. It can be God Himself!
 
In light of this, I want to encourage you to make a personal plan to find God on a daily basis (in prayer/reading), and let Him become the object of your pursuit.  It is my prayer that God would be the very thing our minds are set on most these next few weeks! 
 
Lastly, I want to mention that for the next 3 Wednesday nights, we will be hosting a SPECIAL time of worship and prayer here at Calvary.  I would love for you to join us this week (and every week) from 7pm to 8pm. There’s nothing like breaking away from the noise & busyness of life to experience a fresh touch of God’s Presence!

Have a great night,
JJ

One Comment