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21 Days of Prayer: Day 1

Day 1: Romans 12:11-12

How close do you feel to God? Most of us sense that there’s more to a

relationship with God than what we currently are experiencing. The vast majority

of believers start out with a lot of passion and zeal in their relationship with God,

in many cases, over time that enthusiasm subsides. On a day-to-day basis, their

relationship with God eventually becomes passive. There are occasional bursts

of excitement, but even that excitement is short-lived. Their walk with God seems

to have a few highs, some lows…and a whole lot of mundane in-betweens.

There is something terribly wrong with a passionless, passive, mundane,

monotonous relationship with God? Aren’t we vaguely unsettled with the idea

that somehow a daily relationship with God… the God of the universe…can end

up with the flavor of stale bread? The Bible is clear that our passion and spiritual

fervor should be constant. (Romans 12:11) So why have so many Christians

accepted a faith experience that is so far below what God intended for them?

A passionate, thriving relationship with God should be the norm, not the

exception for every follower of Christ. Over the next 21 days your relationship

with God can be awakened. Maintaining a fresh, exciting, passionate

relationship with God is something we must literally fight to protect. Make no

mistake about it—we have a very real enemy who wants nothing more than for

our souls to be lulled to sleep, all while we think everything is okay.

For the next 21 days, Element Church, lets join together in the experience

of fasting, prayer, and listening to the voice of God through His Word.

Maybe at one time you were excited about God and were full of His life. But now,

if you’re honest, you know other things have grabbed your attention, and your

heart has hardened to the joy and freshness you once felt. Or maybe you are far

from God and struggling with addictive behaviors or other issues. (And, by the

way, is there really anyone who doesn’t have issues?) The good news is that the

potential for a lasting, thriving relationship with God really is there. It just

has to be awakened.

Take a moment to reflect and journal: What is your biggest obstacle to

experiencing the zeal and passion described in Romans 12:11-12? Ask God to

ignite or reignite a passion in your relationship with Jesus.

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