Day 3 — Emotionally Healthy
#DETOX is designed to prioritize God in the new year as we allow him to cleanse and renew our souls (Psalm 51:10). Together, we are committing to 21 days of prayer and fasting so that we might come into greater alignment with God’s will, purposes and plans believing and trusting in His power alone to create lasting impact and change in our lives, our church and our world.
Over the course of our #DETOX journey, we will have a daily prayer focus that will help guide and unify us as a community in prayer as we seek God's heart together on a variety of topics. You can find an overview of our daily prayer focus topics here. The following post is meant to serve as a reminder and inspiration on what and how you might pray on today's prayer focus, but should not limit how God leads you in praying. Be sure to follow along daily at our #DETOX Daily Blog here.
Prayer Focus: Emotionally Healthy
2018 for me was overwhelming… it was exhausting. From political unrest to heart-breaking headlines to the vast black hole that is social media; how are we supposed to handle the chaos and burdens that surround us on top of our priorities of God, family/friends, and school/job?
When Marketplace went through the ‘Emotionally Healthy’ sermon as part of the Movements’ series, the story of Lazarus being raised from the dead was a memorable image being freed from death/bindings of sin; and flourishing in the abundant life that Christ promised (John 11:38-44).
What is also moving about this story - is how Jesus demonstrates “emotionally healthy” in John 11:6, before he meets Lazarus: “So when he heard that Lazarus was sick, he stayed where he was two more days” As we look at Jesus’ unhurried-ness (waiting 2 days) to attend to a dying friend, I have to wonder how he remained so calm and collected in a stressful situation that commanded urgency?
Jesus already knew the outcome. His foreknowledge of a life-giving ending: Lazarus arisen, wraps unbound and God’s demonstrated glory allowed him to live life unhurried and in confidence.
Do I live that life in confidence and unhurried-ness? Do I live like I have that same foreknowledge that God claims victory in the end and that He has come to give me life to the fullest? I’d like to think that emotionally healthy can begin by thinking and praying through those questions. So as we enter into Day 3, I just want to re-center myself in prayer and ask that you join me in unhurried praying:
Heavenly Father, today I entrust the details of whats next to you, may you help me to focus on the bigger picture that you have already promised me: life and to the full.
Holy Spirit may you help me recognize my boundaries in solving other’s problems or fixing the state of our country and world - and lift them up to you in prayer and offering.
And help me to see and commit what priority you have entrusted to me in this season.