Ashes to Beauty Day 2
The Pour Out:
Pour it ALL out to God. Take a moment to clear the clutter, by letting go of all those wandering thoughts (the grocery list or to do list items that won’t stop distracting you … AND … your prayer needs and concerns.)
We’re continuing to look at Jesus’ early ministry today, moving to Capernaum today where Jesus meets a centurion. A centurion was a Roman military officer, typically in charge of 100 or more soldiers.
” When Jesus had entered Capernaum, a centurion came to him, asking for help. ‘Lord,’ he said, ‘my servant lies at home paralyzed, suffering terribly.’ Jesus said to him, ‘Shall I come and heal him?’ The centurion replied, ‘Lord, I do not deserve to have you come under my roof. But just say the word, and my servant will be healed.’ “
What’s the point for YOU?:
- What word or phrase from the verse above popped out to you?
Read the verse a second time and ask yourself:
- What could this word or phrase be speaking to in your life? (What situation, struggle, relationship, or decision)
What does all of this mean to me/how can I apply that to my life today?
I have heard so many friends and family members say that they feel guilty asking for certain prayers. Our old church was a small church, so they’re able to have this part of their service called Prayers for the People. During this time, anyone can raise their hand and offer up prayer requests, which get put on a prayer list and sent out each week. While I was a member, I too would sometimes hear a particularly sad, or intense prayer request, and then feel like mine was unworthy to share out loud.
Ever thought things like, “God’s dealing with disease, hunger, war …. He doesn’t have time for my insignificant request.”?
What I’ve come to realize is that this mindset places human limitations on God.
Yes, there will always be someone with “greater” needs than yours, more urgent matters … But God is not like a hospital that has to prioritize patients one at a time. Your needs, no matter how “small”, are extremely important to Him.
Even though this Centurion felt undeserving, He believed Jesus could perform the miracle he was asking for.
So, when we’re having an “ashy moment,” (not anything catastrophic, but just a crummy part of your day) we shouldn’t ever feel guilty about coming to God with our requests.
Instead, like this centurion, who had faith in an all-powerful, all-knowing God, we should boldly request whatever we need from Jesus.
Trust in your Heavenly Father today. Whatever issues you are facing, whatever trials or discomforts – lay them at Jesus’ feet. Be bold and ask for whatever it is, and then BELIEVE that Jesus cares enough about you to answer.
Transitioning from quiet time back into real life can be tricky. We want to take the lesson we’ve just learned, and the peaceful feeling we now have, with us throughout the rest of our day.
List “small” blessings from the past 24 hours.
List small things, because when you only list the big things – you only SEE the big things. Thinking back on a few small blessings each day, helps us develop a habit of actually looking for God in our day to day realities. And if you’re writing them down, then you’ll have hard proof that God truly is always with you.
*This could be anything. A few examples are: “you were blessed with a hug from your child, the weather was especially warm and delightful, or a smile from a stranger on the street.”
List positive affirmations about yourself/life:
Take whatever was laid on your heart and write it in the form of an affirmation:
If you simply felt peaceful today, write, “I WILL remain peaceful today.”
If you are still trying to understand a certain message, write, “I WILL keep searching and remember that God WILL reveal His answer to me.”
Or list, “I AM worth it.” “God DOES love me.” “I WILL make that change.”
**Now go about your day, peaceful and affirmed.**