Day 7 — Calling & Purpose
#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: Calling & Purpose
What is God calling me to? What is God’s purpose for my life? If these weren’t the million dollar questions, then Rick Warren would have never written “The Purpose Driven Life”… which I totally bought and read believing I would finally hold all the answers to life’s greatest questions… turns out the book just made me ask more questions. (Insert “Womp Womp” emoji here).
For many of us who follow Jesus, including myself, trying to answer these questions can honestly be quite stressful. I am a planner. To a fault. If I don’t know what’s happening at 3:27 pm next Thursday afternoon, surely the sky will fall. I know God has a plan for me, but am I doing His plan or am I doing my plan? Did I even consult with God before I decided on this plan? How long do I have to wait on God to tell me the plan? This plan seems to be going well, what if I’m called to change the plan? Wait… I have goals and dreams… what if they aren’t aligned with what God wants for me?
These are things I wrestle with ALL THE TIME, because I feel like God’s evaluation of my faith lies in part on how well I’m responding to His calling and purpose for my life. Thankfully, God already knew that I’d be a headcase when it comes to this stuff, so He reminded me in the following scriptures that all of this isn’t about me at all:
He has saved us and called us to a holy life- not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time. -2 Timothy 1:9
Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails. -Proverbs 19:21
But the plans of the Lord stand firm forever, the purposes of his heart through all generations. -Psalm 33:11
If you’re anything like me, I’m hoping you’re getting that same Holy Spirit peace I got when I read those words. Praise God for knowing our hearts, and knowing EXACTLY what we need to hear from Him. Here’s how we can pray today in light of the three following truths:
I’m called to live a holy life, and I can only do that by the grace given by Jesus.
Pray for reminders, gentle nudges throughout today that it is not by your works but by the Lord’s grace that you have been called to live a holy life.
Pray that today you will have opportunities to live, speak and act more like Jesus!
The Lord’s purpose and plan will always prevail, regardless of the plans I pursue and regardless of my intent in pursuing those plans.
Praise the Lord for His sovereignty!
Pray for a greater dependence on Him, and a deeper trust in His plan and purpose.
It’s never about me, it’s only about God and His glory!
Pray that today, God is made famous because of you.
— Kaela Y.