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This, then, is how you should pray. Our Father in heaven, hallowed be Your name. Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Are you still intent on making a stewardship decision? When you have decided to make your decision a matter of faith, then the next step is to seek God's will. "They gave themselves first to the Lord, and, by the will of God, then to us." -2 Corinthians 8:5
Seeking God's will means getting God involved in your decisions and in your life! Seeking God's will means inviting God's input and guidance. It means genuinely asking, "What would You do through me, Lord, to make Your will happen in my church?"
Where does one ask for God's guidance and seek God's will? How does one invite God to participate in his or her life? Those things happen as we intentionally spend time in prayer.
A stewardship decision is a prayerful commitment. A stewardship decision invites God to the dialogue and involves God in the discussion. A stewardship decision becomes much more than just my sense of goodwill... it means discovering and acting within a sense of God's goodwill.
Taking the turn at second base will take much time for prayer... time for listening and learning and reflecting ... time for asking and searching and seeking. Getting to second base means turning even further from what I am willing to do toward what God wills in my life.
Action Item: Listen well over the next week. Make note in your journal what you hear and believe God is speaking to you.