LOCAL – DAY 8
Sometimes we think of prayer in its simplest form – asking for something and getting something in return. While this form of prayer is scriptural, there is greater depth, meaning, and significance to prayer. To pray is to communicate with God – the root word being “commune”. As we pursue God and develop a relationship with Him, we can discover prayer becoming a lifeline, a spiritual connection to commune with our Creator.
So what does this have to do with bearing fruit of the Spirit? Prayer is a significant aspect of abiding in Christ. The more we abide in Christ the more our character is conformed to Him and the fruit we put on display will be more like Him.
Today we’ll consider patience, kindness and goodness.
- We are programmed culturally to dismiss patience. Much of the breakdown in our communities is from a lack patience. Pray for the fruit of the Spirit of patience [forbearance, long-suffering, trust] over our communities.
- Kindness [grace, dignity, favor] is a characteristic we need more of in our communities. Being “neighborly” is a term we don’t hear much anymore. Pray for a new and fresh anointing of kindness to move through our communities.
- Goodness [virtuous, noble, admirable] is a powerful spiritual weapon. The characteristic of goodness draws people towards Jesus in us. Goodness repels the enemy and can break down strongholds in our communities. Pray for the fruit of the Spirit of goodness to rise up in our communities.
Pray for yourself:
- Ponder patience, kindness and goodness as character traits in your life. Commune with God in prayer.
- Acknowledge to God any weaknesses in these areas, and give thanks where these characteristics have become more evident. Confess any sin that may be in your way.
…for you were formerly darkness, but now you are Light in the Lord; walk as children of Light (for the fruit of the Light consists in all goodness and righteousness and truth), trying to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Ephesians 5:8-10