So many times this week, the message given and the call for prayer has been something I’ve needed to hear and respond to. I woke up at 5am today and, not being able to get back to sleep straight away, started to pray and process the experience of this week at New Wine.
My thoughts drifted to what it’s going to be like when I get back to work and “normal” life next week. Specifically how I’m going to take what I’ve learned and the ways in which I’ve begun to change this week into my everyday life and the lives of those around me.
We were given a postcard during the morning session in Impact on which we were encouraged to write “FROM” and “TO“. Then against those titles, the place in life that we’ve come FROM and the changes or challenges that God has sown in our hearts this week. In other words, where or what he is calling us TO.
For me, the journey has been about moving from an understanding about God, to a deeper knowledge of him as my loving Abba Father. I’ve experienced such a sense of love and peace during the times of worship and ministry, which I’m sure is just an inkling of the way he actually does love me. Like I said, it’s a journey and there’s much more to come.
On top of this though is the challenge, spoken about so well this morning by Adam Dyer. How is that change in us going to result in a change in the world? How do we go from here and have an impact where we are called to be?
During the ministry time, I received prayer from a lovely guy and he gave me the word “heart”. In particular, that God is calling me by planting a passion in my heart, rather than my head, for certain things. That by hearing him more and listening to the call in my heart, I’ll move into the calling that he has for me. So exciting!!!
I have a strong sense of what this direction might be, which was confirmed during prayer. It’s going to take a bit (a lot?) more prayer yet, so I’ll save the details for another blog post.
But it has reconfirmed the words of Jesus in Luke’s Gospel:
“And so I tell you, keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks, receives. Everyone who seeks, finds. And to everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.” Luke 11:9-10 NLT
I’ve been praying all week for the changes in my relationship with my Abba Father – changes that I’m now starting to see answered.
This is real!
So do you know what changes he wants to make in your life and how he wants you to be the positive change your community needs?