Say “No” Prayer Devotional

I have a very simple life. I arrived at it through some intense prioritizing and the word “No.”

My hardest lesson was leaving holes in my routine so the Spirit could move about my day and direct my time. Jamming my day full of activities and work didn’t leave any flexibility or availability for the Spirit to act, prompt me into action or redirect my hours. Besides, it was easier to say “no” to the Spirit then rearrange my schedule.

Now I have been taught to give time to the Spirit so He can use it for God’s purpose. I have no idea what is actually getting accomplished when the Spirit places me in a situation. My job is to go; His job is to do. This work of the Spirit is what Jesus was explaining to Nicodemus, “The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit” (John 3:8).

When we are “born of the Spirit,” we are letting Christ help Himself to His own Spirit in us; so He can accomplish His ongoing ministry in the world. God in Christ is going to burst into our day and direct us so He can achieve His divine purpose in another person. Saying “no” to the non-essentials of this world, is saying “yes” to the Spirit and the essentials of the heavenly kingdom.

Today’s devotional is from Denise Larson Cooper’s book, “Ordinary Days With an Extraordinary Savior”

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