Going to church on Sunday is a start, but what are you doing to get spiritual meat in your daily diet? Find accountability & work on growth.
Prayer prompt for Wednesday, March 11
1 Corinthians 3 says that one sign of spiritual maturity is a lack of quarreling & jealousy. How does that match with your life right now?
Prayer prompt for Tuesday, March 10
You can’t expect a 6-month-old to eat steak, and you can’t expect a new believer to know deep spiritual insights. Yet, we should all grow.
Prayer prompt for Sunday, March 8
Think back to your conversion experience and the early days of your faith-walk. How have you grown since that time?
Baby Food (Prayer Devotional for the week of March 8, 2015)
I came across an old home video this week while looking through archived files on my computer. It was of my youngest kiddo eating in a highchair. He had just learned to pick up finger foods, and he was eating peas and Cheerios – complete with green mush on his chin. The kids had a big laugh watching the video, especially with my sing-song voice in the background praising him for being such a big boy and feeding himself.
With kids, we get excited about every little milestone, don’t we? We ooh and ahh about moving from milk to baby food, then finger foods, and finally table food using a fork and spoon. In some ways, this progression mirrors our spiritual development. We start out our new spiritual lives needing to be nourished with the simple truth of the gospel. Peter described it this way: “Like newborn babies, crave pure spiritual milk, so that by it you may grow up in your salvation, now that you have tasted that the Lord is good” (1 Peter 2:2-3, NIV). Yet, our development doesn’t (or shouldn’t!) stop there.
In Paul’s first letter to the church in Corinth, he scolded them by saying, “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly—mere infants in Christ. I gave you milk, not solid food, for you were not yet ready for it. Indeed, you are still not ready. You are still worldly. For since there is jealousy and quarreling among you, are you not worldly? Are you not acting like mere humans?” (1 Corinthians 3:1-3, NIV).
Likewise, the writer of Hebrews challenged readers for being unwilling to grow in faith: “We have much to say about this, but it is hard to make it clear to you because you no longer try to understand. In fact, though by this time you ought to be teachers, you need someone to teach you the elementary truths of God’s word all over again. You need milk, not solid food! Anyone who lives on milk, being still an infant, is not acquainted with the teaching about righteousness. But solid food is for the mature, who by constant use have trained themselves to distinguish good from evil” (Hebrews 5:11-14, NIV).
What, then, does it mean to be ready for solid food, spiritually speaking? Partly, it means that there should be evidence of our growth. We should seek out spiritual instruction that challenges us to stretch and grow even more. It also means that we should begin teaching, mentoring, and leading others to help them grow in faith.
Prayer prompt for Sunday, Dec. 7
How well does it set with you to hear that God disciplines us? Instead of thinking in terms of punishment, consider it faith-growing time.
Prayer prompt for Wednesday, Nov. 12
Isaiah 61:3 also describes God’s people as “oaks of righteousness” planted for his glory. What are you doing today to grow in faith?
Prayer prompt for Monday, Oct. 20
Are there times when you navigate through life in the dark, spiritually speaking? Recharge today by spending time in the Word and prayer.
Prayer prompt for Saturday, Oct. 18
Sometimes, starting a new chapter in life means restocking your toolbox. Ask the Lord what spiritual tools you need to stock up on.
Prayer prompt for Friday, Oct. 17
Nehemiah’s rebuilding project didn’t happen overnight, nor will your spiritual growth. Allow God to work on you, section by section.