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Saturday, December 23, 2006

28 Day Prayer Journey To Passion 07 - Day 20

Day 20. Expecting?

God loves the expectant heart. He loves it when we come to Him in faith. He is never intimidated by our hopes and dreams. He is not daunted by the size of our prayers.

Yet, so often we approach Him with such little aspiration. We pray as though we might easily tire Him or deplete His supply. We come to worship, but we always seem to “know” just what’s going to happen. We don’t expect the unexpected…a sad commentary for those of us who believe that God can do anything. Anything!

So as we come to Atlanta, let’s come with massive expectations. Not that He will do some specific thing we desire (although we can make our very specific requests known to Him at any time), but that He will meet us there. We can believe...and we should arrive at Passion 07 with sky-high hopes. We are coming to worship the God of all Creation.

God, increase my faith. I praise You because there is nothing too difficult for You. You never run dry. You do not sleep or slumber. Father, heighten my sense of who You are, expand my anticipation of what You are doing all around me and give me a greater capacity to believe You for all that is to come.

Make us expectant as we meet You. Help us cast away little faith, safe prayers, apathetic hearts, thinking “the usual," the fear of not having our expectations met. Blow up our view of You. Surprise us. Undo us. Amaze us again. Leave us speechless. Show us Jesus. Amen.

“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by You, says the Lord.” Jeremiah 29:12-14a

17 Comments:

  • There is a river whose streams shall makes glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacle of the Most High. God is in her midst and she shall not be moved; God shall help her, just at the break of dawn.
    psalm 46:4

    as we pray for expectancy and more, God open our eyes to the fact we are waist deep in your river, that we shall not be moved if we would but stand fast, as you work your mighty Spirit through and for us as a current that is Strong and True.

    Jesus, would you with a mighty sweep of your hand knock off anything off Your table that is not of you. Would you turn the tables over and send crashing to the ground the altars, the gods, ourselves..anything we put higher than You. and with that same hand Jesus would you hold us tight and keep us, in the center of your river that makes glad the city of Atlanta? heal the brokenhearted, set the captives free.

    let it pour and pour some more! put those towels to use.
    so be it in your Holy Mighty Name Jesus. You are the only amazing One i know.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2006 10:42 AM  

  • I want God to do great things. I am expecting God to be himself!

    By Anonymous Some College Kid, at 12/23/2006 11:09 AM  

  • Amen!

    By Anonymous KJV, at 12/23/2006 11:11 AM  

  • Merry Christmas,

    I am expectant, yet humbled... check this out, for a God of all creation, a Living God...

    Fire of the spirit, life of the lives of creatures/
    spiral of sanctity, bond of all natures/
    glow of charity, lights of clarity, taste/
    of sweetness to sinners, be with us and hear us...

    Composer of all things, light of all the risen/
    key of salvation, release from the dark prison/
    hope of all unions, scope of chastities, joy/
    in the glory, and honour, be with us and hear us.
    -- St.Hildegard, 12th century

    Humbeled to serve a God, that great saints with timeless wisdom died for... spiral of sanctity?, 12th century? Yes, he knew, he saw... what a legacy.

    Merry Christmas, Peace Out

    By Anonymous Stephen, at 12/23/2006 11:31 AM  

  • Thank you Louie! Today's post is perfect for our situation. You see, I was going to get on here anyway and post something that I was afraid was going to be off-topic but didn't know any other way to do it- only now maybe it isn't quite so off-topic after all. My brother and I have been registered for Passion for over 6 months, yet just over the past few days our lodging plans have fallen through and complications are even arising about how we're going to get there. It has been a challenge to understand what God is doing here, but we know that He is at work. So we're taking a leap of faith and just trusting that He will provide for all of our needs. Getting to the reason I am mentioning this: if anyone knows of anyplace we could stay within walking distance of the arenas that isn't already booked we will gladly pay whatever we have to! We wouldn't even mind splitting up and rooming with different people- anything, just so we can come (we are both very respectful and can be quiet- when we need to be :)! Anyway, if ANYBODY HAS ANY IDEAS THAT WOULD BE HELPFUL WE ARE TOTALLY OPEN TO WHATEVER GOD IS DOING. Just e-mail me at the address on my profile. THANK YOU so much- and may God prepare each of our hearts for what He is going to do!

    By Blogger Aslan'sGirl, at 12/23/2006 11:32 AM  

  • Expecting great things!! You guys are awesome!! praying for the passion team and carrie and eddie!! Praying for all of the college students and just can't wait to be there!! :)

    By Blogger Ashley, at 12/23/2006 11:49 AM  

  • expecting

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2006 3:32 PM  

  • Yes! Jesus! We come only for You!

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2006 3:51 PM  

  • believing for more.

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 12/23/2006 5:17 PM  

  • We have really been enjoying your podcast with the interviews and all --- please don't stop -- keep it going!!!!!!!

    By Blogger Love and Fire, at 12/23/2006 5:24 PM  

  • OK -- Here is comment #11 --- We love PASSION and JESUS!

    By Blogger Love and Fire, at 12/23/2006 5:26 PM  

  • OK -- Here is comment #12 --- Merry Christmas from Love and Fire!

    By Blogger Love and Fire, at 12/23/2006 5:27 PM  

  • Was able to listen to Beth, she is so on the mark. I Thank God she is part of my generation.

    Can not wait to hear from you all when all is said and done how God truly came in to your personal world and did what only He could have done in all of your hearts.

    Praying for you all.

    By Blogger eliz, at 12/23/2006 7:58 PM  

  • And here is my comment for the day; something I "stole" from my little church here:

    "You go, God! Do whatever You need to do in our lives!"

    And, yep, let's do expect HIM to show up in mighty awesome power!

    Silke

    By Blogger Silke, at 12/23/2006 8:30 PM  

  • "To Him who is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all we could ever ask or imagine.. according the power at work with us! " -Ephesians 3:20

    I have a pretty vivid imagination.. and I tend to be somewhat of a dreamer.. this verse places a nice lil number on my heart.. I'm ready... and I'm expecting.. Lord, surprise us.. blow us away!

    By Anonymous Lynsie, at 12/23/2006 9:04 PM  

  • Louie, there is something our pastor said at our church last week that I wanted to pass along. There is a Hebrew word that is pronounced "pasco". The actual symbols are not copy/pastable but it's easy to find. Anyway, this Hebrew word "pasco" has two meanings...the two meanings are "passion/suffering". Throughout the New Testament this word is used in relation to Jesus and his death. I found it interesting because the more I keep thinking about what we're about to experience in a few days and what we're going to be bring back to our campus(mine is Florida State), the more I understand that with passion comes suffering...and with suffering..intense passion. See you in a few days in Atlanta. - Trace

    By Anonymous Trace Armstrong, at 12/23/2006 9:41 PM  

  • I am excited to come to Passion07 with an expectant heart and ready to allow God to be capslock, almighty, GOD! It's a good reminder that I don't need to worry that I will be disappointed because it is simply not in His nature.

    Also, it takes me about an hour to get to and from church on Sundays and I've made it my habit on that trip to listen to the Passion07 podcast and today as I was riding the El I had to keep trying not to laugh out loud at the last podcast. I have really appreciated all of the talks on the podcasts. I have read some of Beth Moore's work and her heart for women really feels like a prophetic voice on my own. I also really related to Charlie Hall talking about taking Jesus outside of church walls and to very different groups of people. Thanks for doing the podcasts!

    By Blogger Lindsay, at 12/24/2006 12:44 AM  

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