"Beware of the barrenness of a busy life"
Hey guys, Merry Christmas and happy new year! We want to invite you guys to join us for the #3030 challenge beginning this Sunday Jan. 1st, 2017 and ending on Monday Jan. 30th, 2017.
30 consecutive minutes of prayer a day, for 30 consecutive days.
I'm no stranger to the business of life. I have a beautiful wife, 5 (soon to be six) wonderful children. I'm a recording artist, minister, stay at home dad, educator, author/writer, freelancer, social entrepreneur, and worship leader, among other things. I absolutely MUST pray perpetually. My entire day is one long conversation with God, that is only momentarily paused for the sake of doing all that I mentioned above. No, I don't drive with me eyes closed, or fold clothes in the laundry room on my knees. I simply talk to God throughout the day, about literally everything. Sometimes verbally, other times silently, internally, thoughtfully etc. Sometimes about deep things, other times I even joke with God. Perhaps laughing at myself, or at something that has happened in the day. I am a friend of God. Friends talk freely about all things. Even still, this 24 hour prayer conversation isn't enough. Which is why I am introducing the #3030 challenge. We absolutely need to set apart time everyday, to stop everything (everything!), and focus completely on The Lord in prayer. A time of prayer that is usually more focused, intentional, extensive, and intense than the chats we have with God throughout the day is necessary; although not necessarily any more important, purposeful, or fruitful. All forms of sincere communication with God are equally awesome, and imperative to living the Christian life.
To some, 30 minutes may seem like a lot. To others, it may seem too little time. Throughout the 30 days I'm sure we will experience both sentiments in regards to the time. Here are a few methods and tips that work for me.
1.) Play instrumental (preferably Gospel) music.
Here's a link to the instrumental I most often use.
You can play it on your phone, laptop, TV etc. (This is also a great way to keep time, without being distracted by trying to keep time since the vid is 30 minutes long.)
CLICK HERE FOR INSTRUMENTAL
2.) It's okay to be quiet. (Actually it is encouraged. Leave space for God to speak.)
3.) Be flexible. You may decide to walk, kneel, lay down, run, or sit. Be sensitive to the Holy spirit, and He will lead you into the most effective posture of prayer for each particular day.
You can spend the 30 minutes in a variety of ways. For instance, sometimes I'll spend all 30 minutes on my knees in prayer. Other times, I may pray for 20 min., then read and meditate on the Scriptures for the remaining 10 minutes (or vice versa). There are times when I journal my prayers, and spend some of the 30 minutes writing in a notebook.
There is no right way, only a right attitude.
The key is that we are totally focused on The Lord in prayer. Not only making prayer requests, but also confessing our sin, worshiping The Lord, giving thanks, interceding for other people, places, and things, and listening for the voice of God. It may help to make a list. But be careful not to bring the "business of life" into prayer. Take your time, and enjoy being in the presence of The Lord.
Ideally a quiet, secluded place, but essentially you can do this anywhere. At home, in the car, on the subway, in the restroom, etc.
You can do this in the morning, in the afternoon, or at night. Perhaps on a lunch break at work. You decide when, and where will be most effective. This requires intentional time management. 30/30 starts Jan. 1st and ends Jan. 30th.
I'm excited about the result of completing this challenge, and I hope that you are too.
God bless you.
Randy Mason of Jesus Peace
Luke 5:16 But Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.