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February 9, 2017

Forty Days to Flourish: Day 32

Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. Seek His will in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.” Prov. 3:5-6 (NLT)

“Seek His will in all you do….”  Consider for a moment, as you meditate on this passage, the command to seek God’s will in everything you do.  Do you do that? If you’re like most of us, you may seek God in the major decisions of life. You call on Him in times of crisis and need.  But, do you really seek His will in all that you do? The daily decisions we think we can handle without prayer are often the little foxes that spoil our vineyard as Solomon wrote in his Song of Songs.  It’s easy to develop a disposition of independence, thinking we can handle life – until it falls apart.  Jesus told His disciples to ever watch and pray.  He implored them to “come apart” in times of solitude with God so that they would not “come apart!”  Do you feel like your life is unraveling? You’re coming apart at the seams in your marriage, your relationships, your career; you’ve begun to drift in your relationship with God.  It wasn’t intentional.  Life just became so busy with daily demands and overcrowded schedules that there didn’t seem to be time to pray.

Maybe, the issue has been in the deception that prayer means extended hours on your knees, alone with God.  While those are wonderful and refreshing times of retreat, the kind of praying and seeking God I think our passage is talking about is a daily rhythm as simple as breathing.  I call it spiritual breathing.  Spiritual Breathing, like physical breathing, is a natural process of exhaling the impure, the stresses and burdens you’re carrying and inhaling the pure and renewing wind of God’s Spirit, an exercise in faith that enables you to walk in alignment with God’s will for your life.  Nehemiah is a great example of one who practiced such prayer in the Old Testament.  He sought the Lord in everything he did, and we find no less than a dozen times in this short book where he offers these short one-line prayers to God –  like a single exhaled breath.  They demonstrate his complete dependence on God in everything he did.  God can accomplish the extraordinary in a person like that.  He did through Nehemiah, and He will through you.  Seek Him in all you do, and He will show you which path to take.