“If we don’t act on a good idea within 24 hours, we are less than 50% likely to ever act on it. If we haven’t acted on it inside of days, then we are less than 2% likely to ever act on it.” – Bill Gates, Microsoft
“KNOCK, and it will be opened to you.” (Matthew 7:7c)
What did Jesus mean when he told his disciples to KNOCK?
What are you supposed to knock on?
What door will be opened?
Today we wrap up this week’s series “ASK, SEEK, KNOCK.” What I’ve discovered in the past week is that when the Holy Spirit prompts me to ASK my heavenly Father a question in the morning, God is quick to answer as I journal. This great habit forces me to slow down, rest, and reflect. There’s a big difference between asking God a question in the flesh verses the Holy Spirit prompting me to ask His question.
As the LORD begins giving instructions, it’s important to act on those promptly. How many times do we miss important opportunities because we hesitate or procrastinate? How many times do other people miss their blessings because we fail to do our part.
As I shared Bill Gates comment above in each of the 4 webinars we hosted this past week, I became more and more driven to be a man of action. God is a god of action. As we pray and take action, God frequently opens the doors for us to be the answers to our own prayers. As Rev. Ron Davidson says, “Be the feet beneath our praying hands.”
This morning while laying in bed listening to my scheduled iTunes playlist for Day #16, I asked the Holy Spirit to reveal His question of the day. Eventually I received this, “What question am I to ask the Ambassador from Liberia today?” After writing that in my journal, the answer soon followed, “What are your dreams?”
This prompted me to take my video camera to the Embassy of the Republic of Liberia in Washington DC. That in turn opened the door for me to do a video interview of the Deputy Ambassador. During that I asked God’s question. This video will be posted on the web early next week. My day was filled with other unexpected highlights from start to finish as I promptly acted upon the leadings of the Holy Spirit.
On May 20-22, I am hosting a new webinar titled “UNCOMMON Journaling for Breakthroughs.” I’ll be sharing my wealth of experiences to help COACH you to journal in UNCOMMON ways to experience breakthroughs in your life. I’ll send you links to register next week, but for now, check these time slots in your calendar (times shown in US Eastern Daylight Time — click for your time zone):
May 20, 2008 7:00pm – 8:00pm
May 21, 2008 1:00pm – 2:00pm
May 22, 2008 7:00am – 8:00am
May 22, 2008 4:00pm – 5:00pm
Heavenly Father, thank You for the leadings of the Holy Spirit. Bless me to be able to discern what’s coming from You versus my flesh, the world, or the devil. When I discern an instruction is from You, may I be prompt to act on it. Bless me to leave enough room in my daily and weekly schedules to allow You room to move in UNCOMMON ways. Thank You Jesus. Amen.
Link of the Day
John Piper talks about Prayer and it’s impact – GodTube video
Blessings to KNOCK so God can open the door!