Week 6: Forming Healthy Habits

his is our final week of our First 40 Day prayer and journaling walk with our King. We sincerely hope you have found the first five weeks to be a time of refreshment and revival in your relationship with Christ.

Week 6 is meant to give you time to reflect on the past five weeks and set out on a path towards habituating the practices you've focused on. Good spiritual habits will help you fully realize the gifts and joy that Christ designed for you to experience as a believer. While our culture is obsessed with quick fixes, and there are hundreds of fad-driven detox options available, healthy habits and a consistent walk with Jesus are what revival looks like corporately and individually. Let’s continue on and see what He has in store for those of us who have received the abundant life of Christian inheritance.

Day 36: Loving God and His Word Every Day

Read Philippians 4:4-7
Commit to a daily practice of having a conversation with our Lord, and develop a deeper relationship with Him by reading His Word.

The Word of God is Truth. Align your heart with the Word of God, and do not let our culture lure you into changing your mind.

It is possible to renew your mind when you commit to daily prayer and spending time in His Word. Think of it as a daily transfusion of God’s way to combat the world’s way. Enjoy this time and rejoice in the Lord today.

Day 37: Pursue Wisdom

Read Proverbs 2:6
Spiritual wisdom shows us how God wants us to handle the twists and turns of the journey of life. God’s Word tells us to pursue spiritual wisdom, not human wisdom, and is also one source of that very spiritual wisdom that it tells us to pursue.

"Teach me your way, O Lord, that I may walk in your truth; unite my heart to fear your name." -Psalm 86:11

Prayer prompt: Lord God, help me to look beyond my circumstances to see You. Meet me where I am, keep me focused on You, and teach me exactly what I need to learn today. In Jesus Name,  Amen.

List some practical steps you can take to improve your knowledge of God's wisdom.

Day 38: Show Mercy and Walk Humbly with Him

Read Ephesians 2:4-6, Micah 6:8

Are you living for Christ? What is your motivation for being part of God’s Kingdom?
Do you show and sow mercy and compassion toward others?

Each of us must wrestle with these questions if we are to grow spiritually. When we show mercy to others, we demonstrate that we've received God's mercy and are aware of it! He is the author of mercy. It is truly an amazing gift to us.

What would it look like to show mercy to some people in your life this week?

Day 39: Approach Him Consistently and Confidently

Read Hebrews 4:14-16
The lyrics from the chorus of the Christian hymn “Turn Your Eyes Upon Jesus” are a beautiful reminder of the riches of grace that we have been given in Jesus:

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face.
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim
In the light of His Glory and Grace

God made us for His glory. How can you live today to bring Him glory? How does turning your eyes upon Him impact your ability to glorify Him?

Day 40: Seek Real Peace and Be a Peacemaker

Read John 14:27, Philippians 4:7, Matthew 5:6-9
Worldly peace is temporary and dependent upon circumstances, but God’s peace offers us permanence. His great gift of peace is salvation through Jesus and His constant presence in our lives. Nothing compares to the peace of God that we experience when we are in a relationship with Him.

The world is going to tug and pull at us, and at times we will find ourselves beginning to succumb to the way of the world. Don't worry! Our goal here isn't to never feel this tugging, but rather to understand that it's a normal part of life and be prepared to combat it! Healthy habits will enable us to continually seek renewal as we walk through life's peaks and valleys.

The truly healthy person has come to his senses (Luke 15:17) and seeks our Father again and again in this life. While we may hate the peaks and valleys of our faith, God loves us, cares for us, encourages us to repent and seek renewal, and (if we do so) calls us a person “after God’s own heart.”

Write a prayer to God, telling Him how and why you love His peace in your life.

Write out some healthy habits you want to pursue, and some practical steps that you can take to foster these habits, in order to prepare yourself for life's peaks and valley.