I’m declaring 2018 the Year of the Secret Place! More specifically, a year of putting everything aside except fellowship with God and immersing ourselves in His Word and His Presence. A year of pursuing intimacy with Him. A year of pursuing the fragrance of Jesus. A year of cultivating a longing for His voice and a longing for His promise to confide in us (Psalm 25:14, Amos 3:7).
I have goals as I am sure you do. I have obstacles working against me as you do I’m sure. But I’m purposing my heart to pursue these things! This is the year!
Sometimes—especially when we have experienced some remarkable times in the Presence of God—we can find ourselves struggling and even discouraged when we can’t seem to find God. Sometimes there may be a reason we can’t seem to enter into His Presence—an attitude, a sin, an offense—but I think most of the time it is just because we are human and susceptible to the ups and downs of emotion and physical/mental energy, etc. BUT HERE IS AN IMPORTANT POINT TO REMEMBER: Our access into the Presence of God is not our ability to feel a certain way. It is our faith! Sometimes just remembering that fact is enough to jar our hearts and press through the numbness that can happen to us!
Therefore, since we have been justified through faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ, 2 through whom we have gained access by faith into this grace in which we now stand. And we rejoice in the hope of the glory of God. (Romans 5:1-2, NIV, 1984)
It was a joy for me to gather with so many of you this morning for our DPP Reunion! If you missed it—you missed it!
I hope you were encouraged, maybe even reminded of some things. I also hope you can see how many other precious people have gone through the project as you have.
Of course, as I have said from the start, the Daily Prayer Project is not a one time class or event, it is an initiation into a community.
- I hope to develop DPP 2.0 for those who have completed the initial project.
- I am looking forward to a youth version of the project
- Looking for our first young adult group
- Will schedule a spring and fall reunion.
- be encouraged.
- Take the DPP again.
- Look for some of these developments to come about.
- Participate on the website. (I will soon post a how-to video for those who have struggled with posting on the blog.)
- No guilt
- Be honest with yourself about your efforts to pray
- Keep the vision in focus