Day 4: E for Encourage
Begin with a couple of minutes of stillness and silence, to let go of the things on your mind and to become aware of God’s presence.
READ 2 Corinthians. 1:4 (The Message)
God of all healing counsel! He comes alongside us when we go through hard times, and before you know it, he brings us alongside someone else who is going through hard times, so we can be there for that person just as God was there for us.
Depending on which version of the Bible you read, ‘encourage’ appears between fourteen and ninety two times! Whatever our individual age or stage of life, receiving and giving encouragement is beneficial to us all; whether this be in general terms, or more specifically in our faith.
In Hebrews 10:24, the writer of this letter, urges the Hebrews to see how inventive they can be at encouraging one another. ‘Let’s see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out, not avoiding worshipping together as some do but spurring each other on, especially as we see the big Day approaching.’ (The Message)
Recall the times when people have encouraged you:
- How did they do so?
- How did it help you?
- As you consider those times, ask God who he would have you encourage in this season and what you could do/say to encourage them.
Choose a word, phrase, or even the whole verse to silently ponder on. Turn it over and over in your mind and see what God will show you through it.
Pray about the insights you have received and thank God for them.
Close with the Lord’s Prayer.
Carry your chosen word/phrase/verse into the day with you and repeat it at intervals during the day.
Make a note of the insights you gained from these verses in your journal.