Praying into Conversion
Day One: James 4:6-10
“Draw near to God, and He will draw near to you” Our efforts to change can only come from an encounter with God. If we expect to meet Him, He will surely be there. We cannot change without His presence and assistance. The first steps of conversion come in realizing that He is with us through it all. What are some of the changes you need to make in your life?
Day Two: 2 Corinthians 5:16-21
“So whoever is in Christ is a new creation: the old things have passed away; behold, new things have come.” One of the difficulties in accepting a wholehearted change is that we fundamentally believe we are bad. The church says we are fundamentally good with a great purpose. Do you believe that Jesus can help you become more like Him? Or that you are made new in Him?
Day Three: Ephesians 4:22-24
“Put off the old man that belongs to your former manner of life and is corrupt…” Conversion presupposes a desire to turn from our previous life of sinfulness. Jesus knows that we cannot perfect this life, but He calls us to press forward. The church asks us to “avoid the near occasion of sin.” How well do you move ourselves away from those places/things/people that lead us to sin?
Day Four: John 8: 8-11
“Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” There are moments when we feel condemned by others because of our past sinfulness. Some condemnation comes from ourselves. How well do you accept that Jesus not only forgives you, but that you are loved by Him?
Day Five: Mark 10: 20-22
“At that statement his face fell, and he went away sad, for he had many possessions.” It may be money, relationships, material things, or even past hurt and pain. These things can be a stumbling block to growing in faith. What are the “things” that Jesus wants us to give up?
Day Six: Galatians 5:1,5
“For freedom, Christ set us free; so stand firm and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.” Jesus came to set us free from sin. While we have been set free from sin we must not put ourselves under this slavery again. How well do you accept the grace to accept this freely given gift of spiritual freedom?
Day Seven: Luke 15:11-32
“He ran to his son, embraced him and kissed him” The Father rejoices when we come home to Him. Can you trust and believe that the Father is always waiting for us to come home? Can you accept that His love goes beyond our failures?