The Great Adventure – Leaving the City

SILENCE / STILLNESS – (take 2 to 3 Minutes to listen to the Holy Spirit)

 
SCRIPTURE READING:
 

Then Jesus said to the disciples, “Have faith in God. I tell you the truth, you can say to this mountain, ‘May you be lifted up and thrown into the sea,’ and it will happen. But you must really believe it will happen and have no doubt in your heart. I tell you, you can pray for anything, and if you believe that you’ve received it, it will be yours. But when you are praying, first forgive anyone you are holding a grudge against, so that your Father in heaven will forgive your sins, too.”

 
DEVOTIONAL REFLECTION:
 

Prayer is one of the most powerful and fundamental aspects of the Christian life. We cannot expect to grow as a believer without time in prayer. Prayer will free you from bondage. It will strengthen, guide and protect you. Prayer is our spiritual life line. It is powerful because it is our direct access to communicate with God and receive his power. Prayer is less of turning to God to get something and more of turning to God to simply be with Him.

Daily time with God through prayer helps us to experience the miracles Jesus is talking about to His disciples as they leave the city. This is not a new concept. King David practiced spending time with God seven times a day (Psalm 119:64). The prophet Daniel communicated with God three times a day (Daniel 6:10). Jesus’ disciples practiced daily times of prayer at certain hours of the day as well (Acts 3:1; 10:2-23). A monk named Benedict in 525 AD created a formal structure called “offices” around these prayer times to encourage others to spend more time with God. At CROSSROADS we encourage others to consider following this similar pattern of communication with God.
 
  1. Silence and Solitude
  2. Scripture Reading
  3. Devotional Reflections
  4. Questions To Consider
  5. Prayer
As you take the time each week to read your weekly CROSSROADS devotions, I would encourage you to start with silence. Then read the Scripture and devotions for a time of reflection. Following the reading time, questions are another way to think of how to apply what God may be saying to you. Last we encourage people to pray. Through prayer we tap into the  power of God. May you be blessed this week as you listen and connect with God. May your daily time with God strengthen and encourage you to have God-like faith.
 
QUESTIONS TO CONSIDER :
 

Which of the five “offices” of prayer are the easiest for you and which are the hardest? Why?

 

How is Scripture related to prayer? How often do you read Scripture? What misconceptions do you have about prayer that need to change in order to have a better prayer life?

 
PRAYER:
 
(Please pray the following or say a prayer of your own)
 

Holy and loving God, it is so easy for me to go through my day without thinking or remembering You. Help me to carve out time to spend time with you each day. Shape me into the person You call me to be as I study Your Word and spend time in prayer. In Jesus’ name. Amen.