Here's a blurb from a journal entry written Feb. 27, 2016 just a few weeks after completing the 30/30 prayer challenge in January 2016.
"I realize my flesh relentlessly opposes all things Godly and is desperately in need of consistent humbling. You (God) are my sustenance. My fill. My satisfaction. My nourishment. Thank you for your mercy and grace, and for this time of humbling, intimacy, cleansing, preparation and empowerment. Thank you for answering the urgent prayers and desires of our hearts that drown out the sound of our bodies aching bellies, murmuring minds, and prideful protests."
Essentially the 30/30 prayer challenge is intended to (through undistrubed intimacy with God) quiet our minds, ease our anxieties, focus our affections, realign our desires, discipline our bodies- mind and spirit, humble us, heal us, refresh and renew us, challenge, convict, correct and change us, ultimately drawing us closer to God- so that we may hear and see Him more clearly, and walk with him in obedient worship.
Last year the challenge was fruitful- not only for me personally but for us as a church (Elements Church.) I believe this year will be even more fruitful. All are welcome to join.
So... There are no rules to this challenge other than committing to 30 consecutive minutes of prayer a day for 30 consecutive days.
Does this mean that you have to fill 30 minutes with words, and or requests? Absolutely not! Spend some of the time in silence. Listen with your inner ear. Journal your prayers- write out your conversation with God. Talk to The Lord. Meditate on His word. Read a few scriptures and note what you believe God is communicating to you through the passage. Worship, sing. You'll be surprised how quick 30 minutes can be . You'll likely eventually want to extend the time. Once you are aware of the presence of the creator of the universe, and you learn that He is listening intently to your every word even those unspoken, and that He is speaking directly into the core of your being it will be difficult to do anything else. Nevertheless we must come out of our prayer closets and share that light and love with the world. This is a privilege and a pleasure- not to mention a biblical mandate.
The 2017 30/30 prayer challenge begins Sunday October 1st. Please feel free to share your experience with us here, on social media or at Jesuspeaceministry@gmail.com
We'd love to hear how God is working in and through you in this coming season of prayer.
Thanks and God bless.
More on the 30/30 prayer challenge here including tips and link to gospel instrumental music: http://jesuspeace.org/blog/2016/12/29/3030-challenge
Check out our healthy Hip Hop lyrics for literacy!
Our 4th grade scholars at the Hip Hoppin' HeART afterschool program in the South Bronx wrote a rap about Bronx Native Sonia Sotomayor inspired by a read aloud of the book "Sonia Sotomayor a judge grows in the Bronx" written by Jonah Winter Illustrated by Edel Rodriguez. Read their lyrics below. (This was part of a 45 min Hip Hoppin' HeART activity)
"Sonia Sotomayor wasn't always sure because she was poor/ so she studied more and more/ she blossomed and she bloomed/ like a moonflower in June/ she worked harder to be smarter/ she was not greedy, but she was needy and even had diabetes/ then she made it from the projects to Princeton college/ all because of her family's warm blanket of love/ and she became an amazing judge!"
Great job scholars!
“Desire without knowledge is not good— how much more will hasty feet miss the way!”
The only instruction manual that I actually read and aim to follow step by step is known as the Holy Bible. Perhaps this is why building IKEA furniture is rarely as pleasant in real life as it seems to be in commercials. I do not enjoy instruction manuals at all. Who does? Normally, Instead of opening a manual, I just study the image of the completed product on the front cover and then I try to duplicate it. Most of the time I'm at least semi-successful in the end (surprisingly)- but only after much frustration and many discombobulated fails.
"Is this upside down? Oh! It's backwards. Right?"
Fortunately my Bible does not have an image on the front cover. It's easy to see a "finished" person, place, or thing and desire that. "I want my life to look like that." The desire is there, but apart from the necessary knowledge of how and why- it's very difficult, perhaps even impossible to achieve with integrity.
Chasing a dream is not nearly as effective or enjoyable as cultivating it. To chase means to run after something or someone that is escaping. To cultivate means to nurture and grow (develop) something that you already possess to some degree. Cultivation requires patience, diligence, and most importantly- knowledge. Which means that you'll likely have to read a manual or two in order to learn exactly how to build whatever it is that God has impressed upon your heart to build.
The good thing is that it's already yours! You don't have to chase it. It's in you! I like (especially when inspired) to work quickly- but this kind of haste is irresponsible. We must yield to the process of learning and acquiring knowledge regardless of how time consuming it may be. It's humbling, because it is based upon the notion that we do not (yet) know what we must. Desire without knowledge is not good. So take time today to learn the how and the why of what you desire. I'm still learning about how to be a dad, husband, son, brother, friend, writer, artist, educator, and minister. I'm learning how to cultivate what I desire in each of these areas.
The more that I learn, the more that I realize how little I know- the more that I crawl into the secret place of prayer where mercy and grace abounds!
Make it a good morning family!
Good mornings make good afternoons.
Snap back into shape this afternoon with a good nap and a healthy snack.
Make it a good morning with new Jesus Peace Music!
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Thanks for the love and support. Let's continue to help one another make every morning a good morning.
Hey, our debut EP "Somewhere Between Faith & Fear" is now available on iTunes and most everywhere else. Check it out! If you're rockin' with us, let the world know by writing a review. That would be tremendously helpful. Thanks! Link in bio. Somewere Between Faith & Fear - EP by Jesus Peace
Proverbs 17:22 A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
Come share a laugh or two, or three with us this Friday 7/14/17 at Elements Church in the Bronx 4750 Bronx Blvd at 7:30pm for our debut EP release celebration. It's going to be a ton of fun plus some. No dress code, no cover. Bring a friend. See you then!
Heads up 4!
I absolutely love the passion that my brother R.Q Tek brings! Hip Hop is such a great tool for venting. Check out his new song and video here "Venting". Love you bro!
Got to see R.Q Tek & Army Regime (another dope emcee) live at The_Ology in the Bronx the other night. Dame and I will be rockin' there Saturday August 5th. Save the date!
I love the idea of shooting One Take music videos by the way. Think I may work on a few soon.
I've been meaning to post this video for two weeks now. Recently connected with the brother Nick Vazquez and I'm excited and encouraged by what The Lord is doing through him and his ministry. I know what you're thinking. "Jesus Peace Collabo coming soon? Trainsformers?" Well, we're thinking the same thing family! So Lord willing we can make that happen soon. Stay tuned!
Hey don't forget about #TrainsformationDayNYC happening in August. Nick will be joining us then, we hope you will be also. Check the flyer below.
Jesus Peace (Ran & Dame) "Holla Halle" Prod. By Daniel Steele Featuring Kriss Liss (& friends)
Music video shot and edited by Eric Mason of Mason Jar Creations
Cover Art By Dame
Shout out to Pastor E and our Elements Church family for hanging out and having a ton of fun with us. You guys rock!
Make it a good morning family! Don't forget to share. Help me, help you, help somebody else too.