It has been an interesting start to the year. For a while now, contemplating what it might hold, I’ve been impressed that it’s going to be a year with many changes: a friend is having a baby, another is getting married, another just moved back here from college. D left for school today. President-Elect Obama is to be sworn in this month, potentially ushering in a whole slew of changes on a national scale. The economy is crumbling, and I am beginning to see the domino effect in the lives of people I know. There is so much suffering– so many evidences of Satan’s attacks on so many people I know– it is astounding: families crumbling, financial crises, illnesses, and more.
All this has had a lot of bearing on my view as I try to look forward into 2009. I have this feeling of unease, a sense of something looming in the next year; I think there is a great battle coming, for lack of a better description. It feels almost overwhelming.
And yet! There is a reassurance in my spirit, that I am not helpless. I feel urged, convicted, that I must press forward in serious, intercessory prayer– and the personal sanctification which I am coming to see more and more clearly is an integral component of effectual, fervent prayer that avails much.
I want this to be a year of putting aside distractions and wholeheartedly seeking God. I want to put to death this walking in the flesh, giving in to lust.
There are lots of things I want to “personally improve”– the same old list; but I think, this year, I need to focus on readying myself to accomplish God’s purpose… to do battle for souls.
By His mercy, God grant that I may.