Keep In Step

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This might shock you, but I’m a horrible dancer. God has gifted me in many different ways, but He’s humbled me by giving me two left feet. It is safe to say that my spiritual gift isn’t rhythm or the ability to keep a beat.

It’s a good thing YouTube and cell phone cameras weren’t created when I was a teenager. This saved me from the embarrassment of my renditions of the Chicken Dance at prom being captured on tape for all the world to see.

A misstep on the dance floor might result in a few shocked looks or, at worse, stepping on someone’s toes. Yet, in our quest for growth and experiencing a full life, our souls being out of sync causes us to lose sight of how God changes the human heart.

In turn, we speed up our steps and become the one responsible for the transformation. Prayers suddenly become demands and not humble requests. Human effort quickly replaces a reliance on the Holy Spirit.

When the change doesn’t come or we meet resistance, we eventually stop moving, and let the song come to an end. We fool ourselves into believing that “this is just the way I am.”

It is true that our natural inclination is to resist change, but this doesn’t mean growth is a lost cause. Having been made for God and by God, we are designed to reflect His love. Every day we are either growing into what we are made to be or shrinking from it.

So, how do we gain rhythm and keep in step with the Holy Spirit moving in our lives? The search for true change begins and ends with God.

Today we want you to begin praying for your heart and soul and aligning them with what the Bible says they need in order to be transformed.

Pray that your soul will be inclined and receptive towards drawing close to God through the reading of His Word. 

Oh, that their hearts would be inclined to fear me and keep all my commands always, so that it might go well with them and their children forever! Deuteronomy 5:29

In the midst of reading God’s Word, pray that your eyes will be opened and enlightened to the truths found within. Ask that your limited perspective will collide with God’s reality.

Open my eyes that I may see wonderful things in your law. Psalm 119:18

I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you. Ephesians 1:18

This encounter will cause disruption and expose areas of your heart and soul that remain in the darkness. Pray that you will have the courage to bring these places into the light so you can walk with an undivided heart.

Teach me your way, Lord, that I may rely on your faithfulness;
give me an undivided heart, that I may fear your name. Psalm 86:11

Growth doesn’t happen over night. It is a life-long journey. Pray for the strength and endurance needed to stay engaged in the process of your heart beginning to reflect God’s.

For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light. Colossians 1:9-12

In the midst of the journey, we can be lured away and look to lesser things to find momentary fulfillment. We are quick to settle for cheap imitations. Pray that you will be satisfied with God and know that He is enough.

You open your hand and satisfy the desires of every living thing. Psalm 145:16

Your transformation has ramifications on others. Pray that your life will glorify God and point a lost and hurting world towards Him.

We pray this so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you, and you in him, according to the grace of our God and the Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:12

Reflection

  • Of the prayers mentioned above, which is the most difficult and challenging for you to pray and why? 

Prayer

God, teach me how to pray in a way that remembers You are the one who guides my step. Instead of relying on my own effort, may I be reminded that it is You who works in me. Open my eyes to see how You are working in my life. Transform my desires. Allow my soul to be satisfied in knowing I am covered by grace. In Your name, Jesus. Amen.