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Breathe: Heart Check – Day One

March 1, 2017  - By Well-Watered Women

Friends, as we get ready to begin a bible study on prayer, we wanted to use today to check our heart. Let’s take a minute to ask God to really search us and know us – and to show us what keeps us from a prayer-saturated life.

Grab your Bible and journal and use the questions below to spend time getting honest with God. Be completely sincere and transparent – knowing that the Lord cannot be fooled or tricked (Galatians 6:7). He knows where you are (Psalm 139). Use this time to evaluate what’s truly in your heart.

  • When was the last time you really prayed?
  • What are some things that keep you from praying?

We often use being tired or busy as a reason not to pray. But what do we learn from Jesus in Mark 1:35, Luke 5:16 and Luke 6:12? 

  • Do you honestly want to pray more? If not, what keeps you from wanting to pray?

Take a minute to read Ephesians 6:10-20. The armor of God is listed in this passage, and you’ve probably heard it many times before. But notice what action Paul writes about in verse 18. Why is this important?

  • Does prayer seem burdensome or tiring to you? If so, why?
  • What excites you about prayer?
  • What fears, worries or concerns do you have on your heart right now? Write them all down – laying every little thing down before the Lord.

Read 1 John 5:13-15, Philippians 4:4-9 and 1 John 1:5-10.

  • What truths do you need to remember about Jesus right now in light of those fears or worries?
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One of the most beautiful things about prayer is that we can pray all day, throughout the day, as we go, and while we drive, and as we cook dinner — He is constantly listening! But I would encourage you to pick a specific time and place to come and meet with the Lord, free of distraction. It’s in those moments, in the secret, when we draw near and get alone with Jesus, where the Lord is free to convict and challenge and correct. He restores and redeems and revives in the intimacy of our prayers. 

If you can, go ahead and pick a specific place and time where you will meet with Jesus.

For me, it’s at the table in my craft room, first thing in the morning, with a cup of tea and worship music playing. I look forward to it every single morning because I know that time will be sweet with the Lord. Your time might look differently, but decide now and commit that time to the Lord.

Leave your Bible out the night before and set your coffee pot on a timer if it will help you get up and going in the morning! I’m a big fan of learning what works for you and doing whatever it takes to help us get into the rhythm of drawing near.

  • Where and when will you meet with Jesus?
  • Take time to pray about the days ahead as we begin this time in the Psalms. 
  • Admit anything you are nervous about.

Read James 4:1-10.

  • Ask God for anything you are hoping to get out of these next few weeks as we come to His Word.
  • Ask the Lord to meet with you as you dig into Scripture.
  • Pray that this season will be one of encouragement, conviction, honesty and growth.
  • End with praise – thanking God for the work He is already doing in you and all that He will do in the weeks to come!
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Custom laptop lettering vinyl from Hardy Everyday

Father,
You are such a good and gracious God. Thank You for the invitation you’ve given us to come and sit with you. Getting to know and walk with You is the only thing that matters in our lives. Lord, please forgive us when we wander away from You. Please call us back to You and remind us that we find our life and joy in You alone. And Father, we pray that these next few weeks in Your Word would be a time to grow and know You in a new way. Speak to us through Your Word. Show us the sin and fault in our hearts that needs to be confessed. Cover us in grace as we repent and believe that You are better than our sins. Grow us up in Your Spirit to love You more than anyone or anything. Be our strength and energy that we may tell others about how wonderful You are. Father, we are nothing apart from You. We need You every moment of every day. Be in us all that we cannot be, sweet Jesus. Help us to breathe in Your never- ending mercies and spend our lives breathing out Your praise!

We want more of You, Jesus, and less of us.
In Your name we pray,

Amen and Amen.

praying for you,

rachael + the llb team

  1. Laura

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:41 pm

    Amen! Can’t wait to see God show up, because He is so able! ❤

  2. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:05 pm

    Yes, Laura! Amen and amen!

  3. vickielynnh@hotmail.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 1:52 pm

    To Rachael and the llb team, Thank you for the effort and love you have put into this study. Your beautiful prayer has my heart saying Amen. Looking forward to the weeks ahead.

  4. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    Thank you so much, Vickie. We are also looking forward to this season, so much! So glad to have you joining us.

  5. mandi.pausley@gmail.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 3:25 pm

    I couldn’t buy the book but am SO looking forward to following along in this way. 🙂 Thanks LLB team!

  6. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:06 pm

    We are so thankful you’re still joining along, Mandi. Time in His Word is much more life giving anyways!!! 🙂

  7. LinzP

    March 1st, 2017 at 3:39 pm

    I’m so excited to be starting the Breathe study with you all today!!

    Is there anyway that a "Print" version of the blog post could be available? I don’t like to spend my time with Jesus at my desk on my computer. I would prefer, if it’s not too much trouble, to be able to click a button to print the " text only" of the blog post. I love all of your beautiful photographs and graphics on the blog and instagram. However, I don’t want to print them out because it would take too much ink.

    Thank you for your consideration!

  8. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    That is a great idea! We can look into that and see what we could come up with! 🙂

  9. anhuffx3@aol.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 3:49 pm

    I love this! You can feel the Lord in this already. Thank you, for being so real and honest. I am looking forward to this study!

  10. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:07 pm

    Thank you for those kind words, friend. We are so eager and excited! God is so faithful. We know big things are to come through time in His Scripture!

  11. simply1grace@gmail.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 5:59 pm

    Aaaahhhhh, this was so refreshing for me! Thank you for such a wonderful study … I can’t wait to experience Jesus in a whole new level as He stretches me through this time in Breathe. I needed this in my life …

  12. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Barbara, that makes us so happy to hear. God is so good to bring us what we need when we need it most. Glad you’re joining us, friend!

  13. j010pursuit@gmail.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 9:41 pm

    What a wonderful start to each day! Thank you Rachael and llb team for all your efforts, prayers and devotion that comes through just as I read. What a blessing you are!

  14. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Jenny – thank you so much! We are so thankful for the constant support and encouragement from our sweet community of women. We love seeing the Lord at work in your lives through His Word!

  15. tealadytammy@gmail.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 10:42 pm

    This was a wonderful prayer after a day of teaching kiddos. I needed a moment and this was my moment.

  16. rachael@lifelivedbeautifully.com

    March 1st, 2017 at 11:08 pm

    Tammy — so glad you came after a long day — that is one of the most refreshing parts of any long day! 🙂

  17. Lisa

    March 2nd, 2017 at 2:21 am

    I am so very thankful for this study, I can already see the work the Lord is doing in me. You ladies with LLB are truly a blessing! May we all be changed through His mighty power!

  18. Jackie

    March 2nd, 2017 at 3:31 am

    I do enjoyed this heart check!! Can’t wait to dig into this study with you all!!

  19. brittanyreneephoto@gmail.com

    March 2nd, 2017 at 12:21 pm

    I’ve been a part of many communities and studies, and the intimacy and genuineness that comes off of this one is so intimately inviting and encouraging. I’m so looking forward to this study with you guys!

  20. aprilweed@outliok.com

    March 2nd, 2017 at 1:05 pm

    Day 1 – answering all those questions with an honest heart… it wasn’t easy. I filled three pages of my journal… I wasn’t expecting that. Excited now to dive in and truly take time with God.

  21. Heather

    March 2nd, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Thank you! I can’t begin to tell you of the refreshing peace and surrender that Jesus had given as I’ve been honest with Him this morning. I’m so excited to dig into the rest of this study! God is gonna so some amazing things I have no doubt as we all seek Him above all else! May He be honored and glorifed in our lives today!

  22. Angela

    March 9th, 2017 at 5:37 am

    Thank you for this heart check. I finally have peace as i have really prayed today and realised i need to really pray more everyday.

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