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What if you stopped praying for 30 days?  What would happen?

Think long and hard about this question.

If you notice no difference after 30 days of not praying, it reveals your spiritual life is flat. Virtually non-existent.

On the other hand, if you stopped praying for 30 days and your soul is in full-on desperate mode, it shows that your soul is dependent on Jesus.

Prayer is to our spiritual life what breathing is to our body. If you don’t breathe for 10 minutes you are brain-dead with full cardiac arrest right around the corner.

What if you stopped reading God’s Word for 30 days?

If after 30 days you don’t notice much of a difference, guess what!  It reveals you are not feeding on the very words of God but on junk food that will never satisfy your soul.

If, on the other hand 30 days without the Word leaves you spiritually starved, then it shows the Word is more vital to your eternal existence than you realize.

What food is for the body God’s Word is food for your soul.

How hungry are you?

How about fellowship? What if you isolated yourself for 30 days from any meaningful fellowship with other Jesus followers?  What would you be like a month from now?  If no difference then it speaks to how little you understand the value of Christ-centered fellowship.

What sleep is to the body, healthy fellowship is for the restoration of your soul.

How about your faith?  What if, for 30 days, you didn’t do anything God asked you to do?  What would your faith look like 30 days from now?

When we stop listening and doing what Jesus asks,  he stops speaking to us.

What exercise is for the body, faith is for the soul.

The story is told of a man standing at a bus stop on his way to work.  Across the street was another man holding a briefcase waiting for the bus headed in the opposite direction.

God nudged the first man.

“Tell that man over there across the street that I love him.”

The man tried to rationalize that thought away.

“I’ll miss my bus and be late for work.”

God said it to him again.

“Tell that man over there across the street that I love him.”

The first man could see his bus coming.  He also saw the opposite bus pulling up too.

At the last second, he ran across the street and followed the man into the bus that was going the opposite direction from his work.

He sat next to the man. 

“Sir, this may sound a bit awkward but I was standing across the street waiting for my bus when I heard the Lord tell me to come tell you something. He loves you.”

The man listened intently and asked him to repeat what he just said.

“God wanted me to personally tell you He loves you.”

The man replied with tears.

“When I woke up this morning I asked God if he’s real to show me.”

He then opened his briefcase and showed the first man a handgun.

“I was headed on this bus out of town to end my life. Now I know God indeed loves me.”

What if the first man didn’t exercise his faith and do what God asked?

Something similar happened to me. I was driving from the YMCA back home when the Lord nudged me in my spirit to pray for a particular young man.  

“Pray for him now. Right now.”

I did not know any specifics to pray for, but I prayed for God to intervene in his life, to capture his soul.

When I pulled into the garage I texted the guy.

“Hey man. Not sure if you are doing ok but God specifically told me to pray for you right now. Immediately.  Let me know if something is going on.”

A few minutes later I got a text from him.

“Your text about praying for me couldn’t have been more timely.  I’ve been tired and stressed and starting to look at porn and masturbate. Suddenly, something nudged me to stop.  I did. Thank you for listening to God.”

What if I hadn’t listened to Jesus?  What if I told Jesus I’d pray later?

You can stop praying, stop being in the Word, stop fellowshipping authentically with others, and stop listening and obeying Jesus and you will find out the condition of your soul.

You’ll find out how fake your “Christian” life is.

Or, you can keep praying and eating the Word and being authentically vulnerable and listening and obeying Jesus and see supernatural things happen you would never have imagined.

What’s it going to be?

Warrior On!

David Riffel is the Founder and Executive Director of www.Mentoring-Warriors.com. Having gone through his warrior years (18-30) essentially without a mentor, God has placed in him a heart for warriors, to come alongside them in various ways as they figure out life. David’s newly released book, Mentoring Warriors: Coming Alongside Young Men 18-30, outlines principles for mentoring and gives advice for warriors in six key areas of life: self-management, life skills, education/career, relationships, faith, and identity.

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