40 Days of Prayer – Prayer Focus: Purpose

The Journey Begins

As children of God, we are called to reflect a particular attribute of God’s heart on the earth.  Our individual assignments will be the vehicle we use to demonstrate that attribute. 

Greetings Beloveds,

Today, let us focus our prayers on defining our “purpose.”  Purpose is what fuels us to do what we do. 

Knowing our purpose gives meaning to our lives. We were made to live a life that has meaning. When life has meaning, we can bear almost anything; without purpose, nothing is bearable.

Without God, life has no purpose, and without purpose, life has no meaning. Without meaning, life has no significance or hope.  God gives us HOPE.  By design God gives meaning, purpose, beauty, and fulfillment to our existence. 

Jeremiah 29:11

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.”

Who are you?  Why are you here?

As children of God, we are created to be solely His.  In life, we must have a clear definition from God concerning who He has created us to be.  If we do not have a clear understanding of who we are, we will allow situations, society, and even our heartaches to define us and tell us who we are.  

There is an old story about a rabbi named Akiva who lived during the 1st century that truly speaks to us today.   One evening, Akiva went to the village to gather some supplies. Walking back to his cottage, he took the wrong path.  Suddenly, a voice yelled through the darkness, “Who are you, and why are you here?”

Startled, Akiva realized that he had wandered into a Roman garrison, and the voice had come from a young soldier keeping guard.  Akiva asked the young soldier, “How much do the Romans pay you to stand guard and ask that question?”

The solider answered, “Three shekels a week.”   Akiva responded, “Young man, I will double your pay if you come with me, stand in front of my cottage, and ask me the same question each morning as I begin my day‘Who are you, and why are you here?’”  

Why Are You Here?

As children of God, we are called to reflect a particular attribute of God’s heart on the earth.  Our individual assignments will be the vehicle we use to demonstrate that attribute. 

For instance, if your passion is to show the Father’s love and tenderness by extending mercy and compassion to the afflicted, your assignment may be a career in health care. 

My gift is to reflect the aspect of the Father’s heart that inspires deep devotionencouragement, and inspiration.   The vehicle in which I do that is by writing.  I write professionally in my career.  I also write devotionals that I share with all of you.  

What Do You Want?

“Not everyone can be famous, but everyone can be great because greatness is determined by service.”  Martin Luther King Jr.

We live in a world where success is measured by fame.  However, being known often fades in time.  However, when we shift the paradigm of our lives from simply becoming successful to using our gifts to serve success and significance will follow.

What do I want?  I want to fulfill everything that God has ordained for me to accomplish.  I want to walk in the highest expression of myself as a woman of God.  I want to fulfill the dreams that Abba dreamed when He created me (Psalms 139:16).  

We have entered a new year.  Let us consider our purpose and prepare ourselves to be used greatly by the Lord in His service.  

Scripture Meditations

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2 Corinthians 5:17

Ezekiel 36:26

Romans 12:2

Philippians 1:6

Let’s Pray

Father, You knew us before we were knit together in our mother’s womb.  You have a plan purpose and for our lives.  Father, during this 40 Days of Prayer we humble ourselves to Your shaping so that we can be prepared and fashioned as fit vessels to be used for Your kingdom purposes.    In Yeshua’s name – Amen.

Assignment:

Let’s pray continually in our prayer language and in our understanding. Let’s continue to write in our prayer journals.  In your journal entries ask yourself: Who am I?  Why am I here?  What do I want?  How will I get there?  Allow God to speak to you and show you the plans that He has for you.  

Forgive – Offense and unforgiveness hinders us from walking in our purpose and living our best lives.   Offense is a trap – don’t take the bate!    Settle all offenses in the presence of the Lord – stay before God until peace comes!   

Let it Go – God’s grace gives us the ability to  politely and respectfully distance ourselves from situations that will bring us more harm than good.  If a situation doesn’t feel “right” you owe it to yourself to go on your merry way – with your peace in tact.  Life is hard enough… Protect your peace.  

Worship Experience: “He Is Preparing Me”  w/Daryl Coley – Vintage – Off The Chain!

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