We talked Sunday in the Gatherings at the Gallery Church about prayer, “quiet time”, & needing to take time to be with God. I introduced to you a way to pray that will be a foundational element in the way the Gallery will seek to follow Jesus Christ called a Daily Window (a re-introduction for those of you who have journeyed with us for a while). Our days are filled with positive and negative distractions, worry, and challenges that upset us. Our days are also packed with responsibilities and expectations. If we were honest with each other, we would have to admit that our days are moving at unhealthy speeds. We start our days wanting to honor and worship God plus be a display of God’s Greatness, yet we let days pass without “being” with Him.
The Daily Window is our church’s attempt to make disciples in light of this reality. It is an ancient tradition, yet timeless tool. David, in the Psalms, shared how he paused seven times a day to worship the Lord. Daniel paused morning, noon, and night to pray over the city of Babylon. Here is how the Daily Window will play out each week for us.
* We need to determine the times to stop in rhythm each day to allow silence to enter in.
* We need a Scripture to use.
* We need to “be” with Jesus.
(Stop at least twice, but let’s do our best to stop three times)
If you are in a class or at work and you can’t get to a quiet space, then block out everything around you and journey inward. If you can find a place in the hall, cafeteria or bench outside where you can make it more interactive, make sure you take advantage of it. You can sit, stand, kneel, or lie down – whatever it takes for you to focus on God. If you find your mind wandering, each time it wanders, take a deep breath and say, “Father in Heaven, fill me with your Spirit, and here are my …” You complete this sentence with your worries, distractions, or the things that have made you upset.
No matter what posture you take, the most important thing is that you stop and be aware of God. The length of time doesn’t matter as much as how regularly time is spent.
Once you have set aside the times of the day to stop the flow of your day, the next thing to plan is what do you do when the moment arrives? Here is a simple plan to use as your guide.
1. Be fully present – This is not a time to multi-task
2. Be still – if you choose to sit, but if you take a walk, don’t close your eyes ☺
3. Take a deep breath (breath in the Spirit – breath out the junk – distractions, worries, and/or the things that are upsetting you)
4. Your Eyes – close them, lower them, or focus them where you won’t be distracted
Now you are ready to have a Daily Window.
My family is going to attempt to do our Daily Window as close as we can to the example set by Daniel during Israel’s exile in Babylon. Our three scheduled stopping times are going to be 7:30AM, 11:00AM, and 7:00PM. Please join us at these times if your schedule allows.
Here is how I am going to attempt to help you create Daily Window moments.
* I’m going to attempt to post daily a guide on my blog (with God’s help and strength)
* I will send you a text message, if you provide your mobile number (This will require that you pause at the same time as my family).
* I will “tweet” the Daily Window each day on Twitter. This requires that you have a Twitter account. You can have the tweets on Twitter sent to your phone as a text message.
* I will also post the guided Daily Window on my Facebook.