Reflection: "This is not law, this is alive!"

ThisIsNotLawThisIsAliveJust the other morning I wrote these words in my journal:

"Thank you God, that you prevail, that you keep your promise, that there is purpose to persecution. Ignite my heart to reject apathy. Bring me alive today."

I was reflecting on how we as followers of Christ could ever possibly rejoice in an age filled with such terror and sorrow and realizing that more often than not I'm prone to becoming apathetic, cynical or to simply laying down in defeat. In those moments of doubt I don't feel alive. Yet, I was reminded that God has always and will always do what He says He will do- all I need is to ask and He will provide. His promises alone give me purpose, destroying doubt and allowing me to reject a placid faith that lacks obedience and action.

And that makes me alive. 

His promises bring me to life and in that truth I recognize this one thing: action in God's promises is obedience in prayer. Prayer is not a checklist item that happens once and you're done. There is no criteria, buzzwords need not be present, there is no restrictions or dress code or special talents one must possess in order to come to God in conversation. One must simply open their mouth and talk to God.

"This is not law, this is alive." -Pastor Jim

The act of bringing God into my thoughts, my needs, my desires and my concerns is an act of submission that yields more peace, more communion, more union than anything I can muster by myself.

And that makes me alive.

Yet, so often I fail to submit my life, my day, my moments in prayer.Being in conversation with God about my life and the lives of others opens me up to see so much more joy that God intended for me to be a part of- it's an invitation to see how He sees.

And that makes me alive. 

When I submit my moments to the Lord, when I see His will and am in communion with Him, He gives me joy. All of these things are conduits of the next, creating a cyclical system of prayer and guidance and joy. I don't have to worry, I don't have to fear or live a life in a desolate pit.

I can sing to Him who hears me, knowing that He cares and is worthy of my trust and obedience. 

"I waited patiently for the Lordand He turned to me and heard my cry for help. He brought me up from a desolate[a] pit, out of the muddy clay, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Many will see and fear and put their trust in the Lord." -Psalm 40:1-3

What is something that you're being apathetic about today that you can hand over to God through prayer? How will you delight in Him today in order to be made alive?

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