Does your prayer life need to be challenged?
Is it stale and routine? Have you lost joy in daily prayer and communion with God?
If this describes you, then it is time to take your prayer life to a new level! It’s time to take on a new challenge and begin doing those things that will deepen your prayer life and give it greater meaning and purpose.
If there is anything we can take away from the book of Philippians, it is that joy is not tied to our circumstances or life situations.
In fact, it is very likely that this letter that Paul wrote to the church in Philippi was written while he was in prison.
How could someone sitting in a Roman prison – dark, dank, insect and mice-infested, with guards who have no concern for human rights or comfort, write a letter about joy?
It is simple, Paul had learned very well that joy, which is not circumstantial, is not the same as happiness, which is circumstantial.
Joy is a fruit of the spirit that comes from the Lord. Joy is not a feeling, it is a decision to tap into God’s grace and allow His joy to fill our hearts regardless of what we’re walking through momentarily. It grows and strengthens as we daily spend time in His Word and in prayer, communing with Christ.
Over and over, throughout the New Testament, we are reminded that even in persecution we can maintain our joy!
Persecuted saints are not to be pitied. They have the best opportunity of all to learn what true joy is as they are actively sharing in suffering of Jesus Christ, Himself.
Last month we learned that our past failures, hurts, traumas, and disappointments no longer have to define us. We have a new identity as a child of God, and that new identity can shape our future; we can walk away from the pain and feelings of failure into a life of fulfillment and joy.
This month we are going to look at what the Bible says about joy and how we can learn to walk in consistent joy, even when we walk through trials and difficult life circumstances.
You mean that as a Christian I am not immune to difficulty?
Jesus said this, ” In this world you will have trouble.” I’ll bet that is not a promise very many Christians claim for their lives! And yet, Jesus didn’t stop there.
He doesn’t leave us high and dry in our trouble. He goes on to say, “But take heart! I have overcome the world.”
Yes, Christians will experience trouble here in earth, but we don’t have to let it discourage us. We don’t have to let it steal our joy because, as we will read in Philippians, this world is not our home.
This world isn’t all there is for us. It is just a prelude to the main act – eternity in heaven with Christ!
As we keep our eyes centered on Christ, as we seek first the kingdom, we will find our hearts less troubled by our momentary circumstances.
30 Day Prayer Challenge for Philippians
In this workbook we will pray through the entire book of Philippians.
You can also pair this up with a Philippians Scripture Writing Challenge from Worshipful Living!
But don’t do this alone! You can get your children involved with a special Bible Reading and Prayer journal I’ve created for kids called “Philippians for Kids“!