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Tuesday, December 05, 2006

28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 2

Day 2. Today.

Though we are on the road to Passion 07 in 27 days, the challenge for us all is today. Especially those of you who are feeling the heat of finals and end-of-term projects that are looming in the days ahead. So while we want to think and pray about our time here in Atlanta, what's most important in this moment is finishing well. And to finish well we have to know that God is with us today...right where we are.

Your classes, projects, exams and deadlines matter to God. Why? Because they are part of your life, and everything about you matters to Him. God's not isolated to church, ministry or worship. He is present in the smallest details of our days and ready to bring His divine energy to bear on whatever the task at hand. Think about it... He made the universe by the power of His command, so He probably knows a little something about whatever it is you're studying right now!

So, here's the deal...Passion is going to be incredible. But God is just as interested in doing something supernatural in us where we're sitting right now as He is during the days we are together in January. Invite Him into the fray--and ask Him to empower you to focus, understand, prioritize, trust and work like never before. I think you'll find Him more than willing to meet you where you are and carry the weight of your academic load with you. And, hopefully, you'll find joy in doing your very best so that He is seen and known in your studies, which, in the end, magnifies Him.

Praying for you: Father, we bring all the students reading this today to You...asking You to allow their minds to focus, increase their understanding and help them to make the connection between doing their best and pleasing You. Cover them with a sense of Your presence in the midst of long days and sleepless nights, and bring them through with a smile and the reward of knowing they excelled to the greatest degree possible. For Jesus in their school work, Amen.

Your prayer: Father, I can't make it through these days alone. Live through me to make me the best student I can possibly be. I'm working hard, yet trusting You every breath of the way. For Jesus in my school work, Amen.

"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men..." Colossians 3:23


32 Comments:

  • Wow, I needed that today. Thanks!

    By Anonymous Melissa, at 12/05/2006 11:23 AM  

  • Thank you for reminding us that God is willing to help us nomatter where we are.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 11:25 AM  

  • Hehe.. AMEN about finals!!

    By Anonymous Ashley, at 12/05/2006 11:26 AM  

  • I am at work in my first job in the Corporate World out of college and was feeling pretty beat down this morning. This message spoke truth into my life and reminded me that Jesus is right here with me in this very moment. Thank you so much for the encouragement ~ pressing on for His Glory today and looking forward to my time off in ATL!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 11:44 AM  

  • WOW thanks so much Mr.Giglio I really needed that! And thank you for that great scripture verse today it was very uplifting!!

    : )

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/05/2006 11:48 AM  

  • Thank you for that. I've been guilty of being kinda lazy in the final stretch, but you've reminded me why I should be willing to do my best.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 11:53 AM  

  • Yes, thank you Mr. Giglio. What an encouragement. He is so worthy of our best! And what grace amazing that He has promised us His wonderful presence! Indeed, we are blessed above measure!

    I went to Colossians after reading the post. I love the verse right after 3:23: Knowing that of the Lord ye shall receive the reward of the inheritance: for ye serve the Lord Christ.

    Paul understood what it meant to finsh well--2 Timothy 4:6-8. And our Lord Jesus certainly did--John 17. He is a faithful High Priest and perfect example...and source of our strength! And He certainly knows the reward!

    Thanks again
    Kayleen

    PS--Rodrigo, you out there? What's the latest? Was prayin' for you Monday.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 12:17 PM  

  • This just what I needed this morning as I start the day of studying. It's a good reminder that God is in every part of our life. I now that giving Him my time & energy apart from all the studying is what gets me through.

    By Anonymous Hannah, at 12/05/2006 12:17 PM  

  • Yes it totally reminded me that in everything I do including school work I should give it my best, because that is what God wants from me!!

    By Blogger FanofGOD, at 12/05/2006 12:43 PM  

  • thanks for the prayers for finals!!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 1:04 PM  

  • Wow...i totally needed that. thanks for the reminder that God will be glorified when i put my best foot foward in studying. that's a "toe-stepper" verse, but i needed to hear it! thanks! 27 days and counting!!!!!

    By Blogger Kristen Valentine, at 12/05/2006 1:57 PM  

  • Exactly what I needed to read this afternoon!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 2:15 PM  

  • WOW major conviction...I was thinking about how much I don't want to do work less than five minutes before reading this...thank you for today's prayer devotion!

    By Blogger Abri, at 12/05/2006 2:19 PM  

  • It's amazing to see God already using this event to speak to so many of us in so many different locations and places in life! I am a leader of a small group of students in OKC and work in the corporate world as well. I have also experienced the 'beaten down' feeling already mentioned today. Colossians spoke to me as well in 1:1-2 and reminded me that I've been given a command to set my mind on the things of heaven! I'm in awe by my God who does care about seemingly insignificant people and things...

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 5:11 PM  

  • WOW! You have know idead how much I needed that today! God always provides what we need! I'm about to go study now!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 5:24 PM  

  • Thanks Louie! I was definitely reminded to pursue excellence in all that I do. I so want to be a reflector of God's goodness.

    By Anonymous Matt, at 12/05/2006 5:29 PM  

  • Yes, Lord, I pray in agreement with this for all the students...how much you love each of them. May they be still and know you are God...give them supernatural rest and excellent learning abilities for Your glory!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 5:31 PM  

  • wow! I needed this. I just finished typing 13 pages, and am so tired! Thank you for this.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 6:12 PM  

  • this is encouraging, thanks louie.

    keep chugging, everyone! =p

    By Blogger steph hsieh, at 12/05/2006 6:39 PM  

  • I will always remember something I read about 5 years ago.

    "Take heart...the God who created the universe knows that you have a test tomorrow."

    He makes time to help you study, friends!

    By Blogger thirsty247, at 12/05/2006 7:37 PM  

  • Hi everyone! Hi Kayleen! I have some news about my visa. They didn't grant me it, but we are trying to make them change the decision. Indeed I got sad with this stuff, but God granted me peace! I am waiting on HIM completely. I know that if He wants I'll go to Passion 07! No man can do anything against what God decides.

    Keep on praying for me. Thank you very much for your prayers...hope to see you soon.

    This week will be decisive. I'll keep you updated!

    For all you which had your visas denied, WAIT ON GOD! All the things work together for the good of those who love HIM!

    God bless you all!
    see ya'll!

    By Anonymous Rodrigo Magalhaes, at 12/05/2006 7:52 PM  

  • I am astounded by God!!! Thank you Louie for having a listening heart, from the Father of Lights.
    I am praying for all who are and want so bad to go including myself to help serve as a voluntier.

    Thanks Rodrigo for your trust and stead fast ness in Our God.

    Wait on God and He will give you the desires of your heart.

    Father decrease us so You may increase. I pray for walls to come down and the path made clear as Your children prepare them self to meet face to face with You. Take any thing that is blocking uor way towards your Holyness. Open wide your arms and grab us in to the safe place of your love and embrace.

    I thank and trust in what You will do in advace, Lord for your name and Glory.

    In Your splendid Son, Jesus Amen.

    By Blogger eliz, at 12/05/2006 8:42 PM  

  • Wow was that what I needed today! I just got back from studying for an hour and was sitting here reading this because I can't focus on my nursing stuff right now... and wow... that is so me! I really can't do it alone! Thank you so much for this post!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/05/2006 8:49 PM  

  • Hey there to all who prayed on page 1 before me! It worked (well, it has worked, works, and it will continue to work, really). For the first time I was in class today and really enjoyed learning what was being taught. But why it was different is now clear!

    Thanks, y'all, and more thanks to GOD, who gives! Off to more "homework:)"...

    By Blogger Silke, at 12/05/2006 9:04 PM  

  • Thank you SO much for the encouragement...I really needed to hear that.

    By Anonymous brittany, at 12/05/2006 9:28 PM  

  • Hey 268gen,
    Great post and reminder that the things we do, matter to God and that He is always ready to bring His help for the tasks before us if we'll depend on Him...loved the part in your prayer about "help them to make the connection between doing their best and pleasing You.


    Rodrigo, you have a great heart for God and spirit of encouragement!...thanks for keeping us updated and we'll be praying with you this week!


    Also praying for all of the students in the midst of finals right now, for strength, endurance, insight, and to see God made great by leaning on Him during this time.
    blessings~

    By Blogger Kimmer, at 12/05/2006 10:44 PM  

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    By Blogger Lwise, at 12/05/2006 11:09 PM  

  • Fighting the attitude of apathy for my school work. I'm loving the prayer journey. The thought of so many people crying out to God in unity is spine tingling.

    P.S. Will you let us know how the folks with the pending visas faired and the if South Dakota situation changes?

    Thanks for all that you do.

    By Blogger Lwise, at 12/05/2006 11:12 PM  

  • Hi Rodrigo. I was so sorry to hear that your visa had been denied. However praise God for His peace that you have about the situation.
    We'll keep praying His peace for you as you wait and we will be praying to our Heavenly Father "who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine " that the decision will be changed this week.

    It would be great to see you at Passion.

    By Blogger gail, at 12/05/2006 11:39 PM  

  • exactly what i needed to hear!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2006 12:32 AM  

  • I needed to know that God does want to take every step with me, even into my finals!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2006 9:50 AM  

  • Thank you for the thoughtful devotional this morning. I have been deeply encouraged, thank you!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/06/2006 10:13 AM  

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