“Since the first call to prayer in 1775, when the Continental Congress asked the colonies to pray for wisdom in forming our nation, the call to prayer has continued through our history….” (from the National Day of Prayer website)
Today is the National Day of Prayer, a day dedicated to uniting thousands of people across the country to reflect, meditate, and seek God. For me, the National Day of Prayer played a significant role in my journey of generosity.
Every year on this day, I draw on one of my favorite verses of Scripture:
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14
Several years ago, I reflected on this verse and realized I was obedient to the first part – pray and seek my face – but began to question whether I lived by the whole verse. I wrestled with turning from my wicked ways. What did it really mean?
When I researched the word in context, I discovered “wicked” simply means sinfulness and living wrong. In prayer, I sought the Lord and asked, “How am I living wrong?” I realized the healing I want to see in our nation in needs to begin with me.
It was not a coincidence I got involved in Women Doing Well around this same time. As I became more immersed in the biblical message of generosity, I wrestled with my barriers to giving. In His loving way, the Lord impressed upon my heart that He wants me, His daughter, to turn from fearful, encumbered, and unintentional selfish living (wrong living) to faithful, loving, and intentional generous living (right living).
When I attended my first Inspiring Generous Joy (now WDW Signature Event) event, my thinking was challenged, my mind was changed, and my heart was softened by God’s love. He already had me on a journey to His heart of generosity, but I knew there was more to living according to His ways. I asked myself, “Am I really living a life of purpose and passion?” “Do I have a plan to live on purpose?” “Do I even know what that feels like?”
I learned that day that I thought of myself as more generous than I actually was, because generosity takes courage, especially radical generosity. It was sobering to realize my heart still had many areas turned toward fear instead of trusting in God. In His amazing love, He invited me into more.
The Inspiring Generous Joy (now WDW Signature Event) event was a turning point. I discovered my unique purpose so I could daily live it out. And when I live my purpose, I live right and live generously. And it was through prayer and seeking prompted by the National Day of Prayer my heart was turned toward more intentional living in God’s image and design.
Generosity heals! It’s healing me and it will heal our nation.