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Abide (Part 2)

Abide (Part 2)


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Episode Overview

In Abide (Part 1), we discussed the need for abiding in God. Often what keeps us from abiding is the constant distractions that are present in our lives. On this episode, we guide you through prayer as we ask God to remove distractions in our life and our Gen Zer's life. 

Read the Script

Connor Owen

As we get started, let’s first say a prayer of meditation. We want to be sure we are finding our home, or abode, in Jesus. In the Midwest, farmers used to tie a rope from their barn to the back door of their home. They did this because in times of a blizzard, they needed to ensure they could find their way from their barn back to their home so they could safely get inside. Without this rope, some farmers died mere steps from their back door because the blizzard around them disoriented their sense of direction so much so that they get lost in their own backyard. With the rope, though, a farmer could walk straight into the unknown with no ability to see but with full confidence that they would make it back to their house. And in some ways, this pandemic and season of life has been a blizzard for all of us. So today, our prayer will center around this idea, that God is our guide through the blizzard of life.  

God, just like the rope guided the farmer, lead me through the unknown. 

We’ve taken some time to root ourselves in God so that we can focus on Him instead of the constant distractions around us. Now let’s think about the Gen Zer God is having you pour into. Is there a distraction in their life that is standing in the way of them abiding in God? Take some time to ask God what that distraction is.  

Just because it’s a distraction doesn’t mean the thing is inherently bad. But how can you help your Gen Zer have more healthy rhythms so that there is room for God? Do they need to put the device down for a set amount of time each day? Do they need more time alone—away from all of the social pressures that are present? Are they involved in too many extracurricular activities? Ask God to help you figure out how they can put down the distraction.  

Let’s pray together. Here’s a prayer you can use over the coming weeks as we seek to help our Gen Zer remove outside noise and create space for God to do His transforming work in their life.

God, remove distractions from my life, remove distractions from my Gen Zers life, root us in you, and do your sanctifying work in us. Amen.

Today as we conclude, we want to read a passage from 2 Chronicles 20. Jehoshaphat gathers the people of Judah because their enemies are coming to attack them. He calls the people of Judah to a fast and offers a prayer. And I think his prayer will help us as we look to remain focused on God in the blizzard of our lives.

“Lord, the God of our ancestors, are you not the God who is in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. Power and might are in your hand, and no one can withstand you. Our God, did you not drive out the inhabitants of this land before your people Israel and give it forever to the descendants of Abraham your friend? They have lived in it and have built in it a sanctuary for your Name, saying ‘If calamity comes upon us, whether the sword of judgment, or plague or famine, we will stand in your presence before this temple that bears your Name and will cry out to you in our distress, and you will hear us and save us.’

For we have no power to face this vast army that is attacking us. We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you.”

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