Walking with the Lord sometimes means taking baby steps. I mentioned something like that in my post yesterday.
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I remember a time when I was angry with someone. God urged me to forgive, even though I couldn’t fix the problems. Yet every time I prayed about the person, I ended up complaining (tattling) to God, rehashing the situation, and getting angry all over again.
I finally decided I needed to pray blessings on the other person instead of requesting justice or correction. But I had another issue. My feelings had turned bitter enough over the wrongs done to me that I couldn’t pray for the good of the instigator. Not with my whole heart anyway. I still wanted that person to see comeuppance.
God helped me solve my problem. It took about a week of concentrated prayer. Since I couldn’t pray blessings on my persecutor, I prayed softening on my heart. Literally, “Lord help me want to pray for blessings for that person.” His Word promises that He will give me the desires of my heart if I’m focused on Him, so I claimed that. I asked Him to help me desire good things for my enemy.
And He did. After that first week (give or take a few days) I ended up spending almost a year praying blessings on the one who had injured me. With all sincerity I was able to ask for health, safety, financial peace, good relationships, and all other number of good things for this person.
What started out as baby steps became a full-fledged marathon as God heaped up the blessings, not only on my enemy, but also on me. Better than I could ask or imagine. He restored an impossible relationship and my former enemy is now a good friend.
Even baby steps can move us in the right direction. And that’s what this 30 days of devotion in September is all about. Committing 30 days can put together a habit that will carry through the rest of life. But we’re not starting with all of life. We’re starting with a day. Then another. And another with the light at the end of 30.
Your Turn: You can take a baby step today. Pray about devoting a half-hour of time toward your walk with the Lord. If you haven’t already downloaded THIRTY DAYS OF DEVOTION, the book we’ll be discussing in September, do that. (Or read yesterday’s post to learn how to get it for free.) Are you ready to take the 30 days of devotion challenge?