In Focus: 3x15 Challenge

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Continuing with the theme of last weeks call to time alone with God, Frontline challenges you in your walk with Christ to separate yourself from all distractions and spend 15 minutes alone with God 3 times this week.

Rules of the challenge:
  1. This time must be thought out, planned, and prepared for

  2. There is to be no music, cell phone, TV, or outside distraction available (not even within reach.

  3. These 15 minutes should be spent in prayer according to Matthew 6:9-13

"This, then, is how you should pray:" 'Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. Forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.' (Matthew 6:9-13, NIV)

Remember that this is an index prayer...Jesus said that this is how we should pray not necessarily just what we should say. In your 3x15 challenge, focus on the following aspects.

  1. Honoring His Name- Take time to share with God how great you personally believe He is. Here are some of the listed attributes of God: Omnipotent (all powerful), Omnipresent (everywhere), Omniscient (all knowing), just, righteous, patient, good, mighty, king, everlasting, holy, changeless, love, truth, wisdom, peace. Use some of these in elevating His name. Make sure that as you prepare to do this that you are honoring his name with your life as well.

  2. Ask What He Wants First- Our goal in life should be to honor His desires here on earth just as they are honored in heaven. Just because for the moment we are not in His city doesn't mean we are any less accountable to Him. Ask for you desires to become more like His desires for us. Prayer will begin to tune our hearts into his plan for us and the world around us.

  3. Ask For Your Needs- Be careful to recognize the model that Christ gave. He asked for just enough for today. This is an indicator of the level we handle on top of a consistent daily walk with Him. We don't need to ask for tomorrow's "bread" when He will be with us then too! Lift those around you and their needs too.

  4. Forgiveness - Ask for it and receive it. Quite simply and yet amazingly, you are forgiven simply by the grace of God. Now go and extend that grace to those who have offended you. This world is too small and life too short to hold a grudge. Deal with the issue.

  5. Run To The Shelter- Ask for your eyes to be opened to temptation and the tricks of the enemy. Resist the enemy's onslaught with everything at your disposal (God's Arsenal). Give no space for sin to creep in!

Feel free to add more thoughts about this or a response to participating in this in the comments section below!

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2 Responses to "In Focus: 3x15 Challenge"

  1. Anonymous Says:
  2. Cody,

    Matthew 6:9-13 has been ingrained in my memory since I can remember. I think something should be added to this for a little thought. I like to put the two together, they really do compliment each other. "Lord, tell me your ways, Show me how to live. Guide me in your truth, and teach me, my God, my Savior. I trust you all day long. Lord, remember your mercy and love that you have shown since long ago. Do not remember the sins and wrongs I did when I was young. But remember to love me always because you are good, Lord." Pslam 25:4-7
    The Lord knows that temptation and sin is a part of everyday life for believers and nonbelievers. But we can still revel in his forgivness and light.
  3. Frontline Student Ministries Says:
  4. That is a great verse to compliment this study. Thank you so much for the insight. It's pretty cool how the full measure of God's Word continues to show how AMAZING He is.