The five minutes that will change your week. Today, let's focus on how we try to save ourselves from difficulties.
Find a quiet space. Sit up tall, and close your eyes. Set a timer for one to two minutes per movement so that you can be fully present (or increase the time if you want a longer experience).
First, pay attention to God.
Take slow, deep breaths. Focus on the spot that you feel the breath in your body.
- As you breathe in, think, "Jesus fights for me."
- As you breathe out, think, "Be still" (Exodus 14:14).
Second, ponder your inner world.
Process the following with Jesus:
- What people or problems do I feel the need to protect myself from today?
- Jesus, how can I trust your power to save me from difficulties today?
Third, prepare to love others.
Ask Jesus to help you answer the following:
- What are three ways that confidence in Jesus' strength could change how I relate to problems or difficult people this week?
A closing prayer:
Jesus, I work and labor and strive to save myself from my difficulties. Circumstances, other people, and my self-incriminating conscience run me ragged in an already break-neck speed world. When the fog of self-sufficiency clears, I see more problems than solutions. I'm daily in over my head, and I need your help.
However, if I stacked up every need from every day from every year of my life, your good news of salvation would be louder and longer lasting still. You are so kind. You are so loving. You are so powerful. Save me today, Jesus, as you did when I first came to you. Produce still confidence in me that reverberates into my relationships — not so that I can be a savior but can share your saving works with others.
Peace be with you until next week,
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