Triune God | Discipleship Prayer Day 5

It should be no surprise that the image of a Triune God is difficult to understand. When we live as though God sits far away on a heavenly throne, disconnected from our daily lives, all that can be seen from such a distance is a vague silhouette of oneness. But when God is Emmanuel—with us, connected, personal, unafraid to get his hands a feet dirty by walking with us in the scruffiness of our lives—we can begin to see more of God’s true identity.

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Holy Spirit | Discipleship Prayer Day 4

Holy Spirit — Our Strength, our Comfort, our Helper and Guide. May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. ―  Romans 15:13 (NIV) “Holy Spirit…Our Strength…” By the power and strength of the Holy…

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Jesus Christ | Discipleship Prayer Day 3

In Scripture names also carry much deeper importance than simply distinguishing one person from another. Names function as descriptions of ones personal nature (Barnabas—Son of Encouragement), physical characteristics (Esau—”hairy,” or perhaps “red”), family relationships (Jonah, Son of Amittai), calling, purpose, or identity (Jesus Christ, the Messiah). “Christ” was not a family like “Smith” or “Jones,” but rather the Greek (Kristos) version of “Messiah” which meant “anointed one.”

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Heavenly Father | Discipleship Prayer Day 2

As we come into God’s presence in prayer it is important to begin with praising God for who God is – most high, most holy, most loving, and much more – and remembering that it pleases God to love and be loved. As we come before the Lord, seeking to be renewed and re-created in the Imago Dei (image of God), it is God’s pleasure to give the gift of renewed goodness and re-created perfection (wholeness and purpose) to those who sincerely seek the face of God. 

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Discipleship Prayer | Day One

Read the “Discipleship Prayer” below slowly, intentionally, pausing to think and reflect along the way as the Spirit leads. Notice which parts cause you to pause, which parts bring about questions, and which parts do not come out as easily as it seems they should. Over the next 30 days we will be breaking down this prayer, investigating, considering, and reflecting on each line. Today, spend as much time as you can familiarizing yourself with the prayer.

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Discipleship Prayer | Introduction

This discipleship prayer, I hope, will be a blessing and an encouragement to you, as it has been for me.  Each days reading will focus on a line or phrase from the prayer along with related Scripture, quotes, song lyrics, journal reflections, and more.  How and when you use each days reading is completely up to you. My primary encouragement to you is to not read these words only with the goal of simply doing your devotional duty, but rather with the hope of interacting with God, being strengthened by the Holy Spirit, and growing in Christlikeness.

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