Consider praying this prayer of disorientation and reorientation for the New Year…

Lord Jesus, WITH WHOM are You leading me to live sent? Those few people whom I will care deeply for and who will care deeply for me as we live on mission together with You.

And TO WHOM are You leading me to live sent? Those few people in my daily rhythms as well as that one group across the globe whom I can love first as You have loved us, pray for as You have prayed over us, dine with as You came to dine with us, and learn “on earth as it is in heaven” with as You delivered it to us.

I surrender to be disoriented from my current routines. Help me to follow You as You redefine and reorient my daily rhythms and relationship. I will follow You.

Amen.

Cultivating Daily into Neighbors: Challenging us all to a “sent” New Year’s Resolution inspired by @JeffVanderstelt…

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SOMA Communities in Tacoma, WA encourages folks toward a singular, selfless prayer every year. What a person or a family senses as an answer to that prayer then shapes their entire year, even their daily. It is a simple prayer with significant personal implications and potentially transformational implications upon those affected when the answer to the prayer is lived out.

The prayer is something like this:

Lord, to whom are you sending me (our family) this year, how do I need to reorient my (our) life to live sent to them , and will You please give me (us) the courage and wisdom to go and love them like you love them?

What if that was the defining prayer for you and your family this year? How might it change your family schedule? How might it affect your church family schedule? How might it redefine life as “the church” focusing your energy on living sent among our culture rather than spending almost all of your energy with people already in church culture?

It’s a great pray for loving your neighbor, cultivating daily the love and life of Jesus as you walk with them.

How about it? Are you willing to take on that prayer for your new Year’s resolution this year?

Happy New Year!
-jason