What is the boldest prayer you have ever prayed to God?
What if you woke up tomorrow and God answered that prayer. Would you be ready to receive the blessing God had for you?
The truth is, many of us pray to God not really expecting Him to actually answer.
If God told you He was going to do great and mighty things in your life would you believe Him?
I think it’s time we start truly believing God is going to do what He says He is going to do.
During the last 31 days of 2018, I want you to join me on a daily Scripture Reading Challenge as we prepare our hearts to receive everything that God has planned for us in 2019. Will you enter the new year with a great expectation for God to move in your life?
Day 1: Prepare Your Heart
Luke 8: 11-15
When is the last time you had a heart check? If we want to God to meet us where we are, we have to first prepare our hearts and our minds to receive Him. You can’t receive anything good in life with a closed mind or a stiff heart.
In the scriptures, Jesus tells us a parable about seeds and soil.
In the story, the seeds represent the scriptures. The soil in the story is representative of the hearts, mindsets, and attitudes of people.
Jesus tells us about the four different types of soil and how each type of soil reacts to the seeds.
- When seeds fall by the wayside, the seeds cannot penetrate the soil and grow. In fact, the seed sits on the surface and birds can come to snatch the seed away, never allowing the seed a chance to grow. Like the birds who snatch the seed by the wayside, these people allow the enemy to come and remove God’s message from their hearts and prevent them from believing and being saved.
- The seeds that fall on rocky soil represent those who hear God’s message and receive it with joy. But because these people don’t have deep roots in their faith, they aren’t connected to God as they should be. These people believe for a while, then they fall away from Him when they face temptation.
- The seeds that fell among the thorns represent those who hear the message, but the message is crowded out by the cares and pleasures of this life. These hearts know God, but never grow into full maturity with Him.
- When seeds fall on the good soil, the seed grows and produces a bountiful harvest. Good soil represents the committed people who hear God’s word, cling to it, and produce an abundant life as a result of having a true relationship with God.
What type of soil are you? If you want to see God move in your life, you have to begin to prepare your heart for what He wants to do in you and through you.
Grab your bible, and read the scriptures for yourself to complete today’s Scripture Reading Challenge. What are your thoughts on today’s passage? Share with us in the comments below or head on over to our Facebook page to join the conversation!