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Becoming a Vessel God Can Use: Prayer Journal
     

Becoming a Vessel God Can Use: Prayer Journal

by Donna Partow
 
Christian women find their experience of Becoming a Vessel God Can Use being enriched and enhanced as they read excerpts from the book, pray, worship, and personally respond. To help readers more fully interact with this study, Donna Partow has prepared a Prayer Journal, perfect as a follow-up to the book or used in partnership with it. Also available is a three-hour

Overview

Christian women find their experience of Becoming a Vessel God Can Use being enriched and enhanced as they read excerpts from the book, pray, worship, and personally respond. To help readers more fully interact with this study, Donna Partow has prepared a Prayer Journal, perfect as a follow-up to the book or used in partnership with it. Also available is a three-hour, two-tape audio abridgment of the original book, read by Donna Partow. Use it alone, on the go, or in a study group.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780764226694
Publisher:
Bethany House Publishers
Publication date:
06/28/2002
Pages:
208
Product dimensions:
6.04(w) x 8.80(h) x 0.85(d)

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Introduction

Do I have to be perfect?

As you begin this devotional journey, the exciting truth I want you to grab hold of is this: God can use imperfect vessels like you and me. In fact, he often delights in choosing the most unlikely people to accomplish his purposes in this world. Everyone around you may consider you the least likely job candidate, but fortunately, God works as his own employment recruiter! No matter who you are, if you will yield your life to God, you can become a vessel God can use.

I urge you to set aside time daily to concentrate on your relationship with your heavenly Father. I hope you will make time with God a genuine priority in your life. The housecleaning will wait; someone else can bake the brownies for a while; your favorite TV shows aren't that important. Nevertheless, hectic days will come. If you can't journal daily, make it a weekly time that takes priority over other activities—perhaps on Sunday afternoon or evening.

As you begin your devotional time, spend a few moments focusing on God, asking him to show you what he has for you today. Read and reread the Scripture, my reflections, and the questions (they're the same every day—to help you focus). Then be quiet before him—listen. Write whatever the Holy Spirit brings to mind; write your questions to God. There are no right or wrong answers. No one will grade your paper. This is your private conversation with God.

Because you may write things that only God should see, keep your journal in a private place: in your undies drawer, on top of the refrigerator, or stashed under the bed. Just don't hide it so well that you forget where it is or to useit!

Keeping a spiritual journal won't make you perfect and it isn't easy, but I promise you will gain a fuller understanding of the price and possibilities, the challenges and the joys of Becoming a Vessel God Can Use.

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Five Requirements for Becoming A Vessel God Can Use

ACCEPT the way God made you.

Be EMPTIED of self to make room for God.

Allow God to CLEANSE you even if the process is painful.

Be FILLED and constantly refilled with the Living Water of the Holy Spirit.

POUR OUT your life in ministry as God directs.


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[Sisters], think of what you were when you were called. Not many of you were wise by human standards; not many were influential; not many were of noble birth. But God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the weak things of the world to shame the strong. He chose the lowly things of this world and the despised things—and the things that are not—to nullify the things that are, so that no one may boast before him. It is because of him that you are in Christ Jesus, who has become for us wisdom from God—that is, our righteousness, holiness and redemption. Therefore, as it is written: "Let him who boasts boast in the Lord." -1 Corinthians 1:26–31

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What is God calling you to ACCEPT today?

What is God calling you to be EMPTIED of, in order to make room for him? Is it something painful from your past, your agenda for today, or something you dream of for tomorrow?

What do you need to be CLEANSED of today? Reflect and confess any known sin; ask God to reveal any areas that need cleansing.

How is your life demonstrating the FILLING of the Holy Spirit? How can you actively BE FILLED today?

How is God directing you to POUR FORTH in ministry today? Who has he laid on your heart?

As I studied my Bible, determined to uncover what the heroes of the Bible had in common, I discovered a collection of the most unlikely people imaginable. From homemakers and prophets to prostitutes and murderers, God was able to work through anyone who firmly believed he could and would use imperfect vessels. As I have gradually released my own agenda and turned myself over to God—broken, imperfect vessel that I am—he has begun to work through my life.

Excerpted from:
Becoming a Vessel God Can Use Prayer Journal by Donna Partow
Copyright © 2002, Donna Partow
Published by Bethany House Publishers
Used by permission. Unauthorized duplication prohibited.

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