On My Face
One of the things I loved most about my time in Bible Study Fellowship Int. was
Monday morning Leadership.
We would gather together in a circle precisely at 9:00 am and kneel for
10 minutes of prayer.
I still love to use this humble posture as I spend time "on my face" before my heavenly Father.
In kneeling, my attention is drawn toward my Father and away from myself.
I'm better able to focus on the goodness of HIS character
and the many blessings I have received.
Now don't misunderstand me, kneeling is not mandatory to experience a meaningful quiet time and
I don't kneel every day.
Sometimes life comes rushing in with the dawn and the time I spend "on my face" before the Lord is while I'm driving to work
(kneeling while driving is never a good idea).
What I am saying is this: the attitude of humility in prayer can be a powerful tool as you spend some time
"on your face" with your heavenly Father.
I'd love to hear your ideas on how you spend time "on your face" before the Lord.

By Zoe Elmore“I no longer live, but Christ lives in me” Galatians 2:20a (NIV)

One morning I was looking in the mirror in order to “put on my face” before leaving for work and I heard the Lord whisper to my heart, “Baby girl, why do you spend more time ‘putting on your face’ than you spend on your face before me each morning?” Oh my goodness; what a powerful question! My heart sank as I put the cosmetics away. The Lord was right; I was spending more time gazing in the mirror instead of gazing into His word and at His face. Once again I was living like the old person I was before receiving Christ and not the new person I had been transformed into. Once again, I had allowed myself to consider outer beauty more important that inner beauty.Now don’t misunderstand me, I’m not suggesting that it become necessary to put away my cosmetics forever and go through life looking less than presentable. Honey, that is not going to happen! I haven’t left the house without a little lip gloss and mascara since I was fourteen. What I am suggesting is returning to the delicate balance of spending time “on my face” before the Lord each morning before spending time “putting on my face.” It’s remembering that as a believer, Christ has moved in and taken up residence within my heart and within my life.As I allow this relationship to grow, my life will demonstrate His presence and others will see past my carefully applied make-up to the make up of my heart. Proverbs 31:30 is the perfect reminder of this fact, “Charm is deceptive and beauty is fleeting: but the woman who fears the Lord is to be praised.” (NIV)I want to encourage you who share my struggle with balancing inner and outer beauty. While the temptation to consider outer beauty more important than inner beauty is present; that temptation has no more power over those who believe in Christ. Because Christ lives in every believer there is hope and power available to live life in proper balance. When our desire for outer beauty is balanced with our desire for inner beauty, our lives demonstrate Paul’s words in Galatians 2:20a, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me.” (NIV)If we will spend more time “on our face” instead of “putting on our face,” God will change us from the inside out and we will experience beautiful balance!

Dear Lord, forgive me for putting more importance on my outer beauty. Thank you for calling me into your presence and reminding me that while outer beauty fades, Your presence never fades. Empower my life to demonstrate Galatians 2:20. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Related Resources:Dear Jesus by Sarah Young

God’s Purpose for Every Woman: A P31 Devotional Gen Eds. Lysa TerKeurst & Rachel Olsen

Application Steps:Begin each day “on your face” before the Lord. Allow Him to guide your thoughts and actions and you will experience a life of balance.When you fail, quickly confess it and surrender again. Soon others will see past your make-up to the make up of your heart.

Reflections:What can you do to ensure a beautiful balance in your life? Are there other areas of your life that need balance?

Power Verses:I Corinthians 15:57, “But thanks be to God! He gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)

Romans 12:1-2, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world; but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is the acceptable and perfect will of God.” (NKJ)



10 Comments:

Blogger Alyce said...

Great devotion through P31 today. Thanks so much!
Blessings~Alyce

Blogger Charlene Kidd said...

Zoe,
Thanks for the wonderful reminder to keep our priorities in order. I have found that the more time I spend "on my face" before Him, the less time I need putting on my outer face because His glory shines through and less make up is needed!!!!
Blessings,
Charlene

Blogger Mary Beth said...

Great Word today at the P31 devotion. Such a needed reminder for me and for all women who tend to spend more time in front of the mirror instead of in the presence of our Lord and Savior.

Have a great day.

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Blogger MrsJoeB said...

Zoe-your P31 devotion really spoke to me today. I want to become a better women of prayer...to be on my face more in prayer to God. Thank you.

In His Graces~Pamela

Blogger ReneeBjerk said...

Zoe, what a awesome reminder of how God desires a intimate time with us and giving him our firsts is very important. I try(most mornings, but the craziness of life happens to all of us) to devote at least 15 minutes or more with him in the morning before I do anything else, I also started journaling my prayers so that I can spill my heart out on paper and when his timing is right I am able to go back through and jot down in the margin a time or date when he answered that prayer, even if it may not be the answer I wanted, it's what he desires for me! Mighty he is! Not to mention it will be a wonderful testimony for my children as they grow and how I can share how real God is!
In Him,
Renee

Blogger Shawn said...

Zoe,
I often hear His voice urging me to pray--not just when I am too busy putting on my face, but even during chores. How silly am I to think He cares if my bed is made before I stop to be with Him? How wonderful it always feels to leave these things aside and seek Him first. Then, when I carry on, I feel his presence in even the simplest moments. Thank you for reminding me of this.
Blessings,
Shawn

Blogger Joyful said...

Kneeling in prayer, to me, is an outward expression of my hearts position before the Lord. It's coming to God in reverence and humility. It's bowing before the One to whom one day every knee will bow, and every tongue confess, that He is Lord.

I'm reminded of my childhood today. Running into my parents bedroom at times and finding my Mom on her knees beside her bed praying for some concern or surrendering her self, her will to God. It's such a precious memory and a wonderful example.

I know it's all about attitude - and my heart can still 'kneel' even when I physically can't find myself in that posture.

On my face before His throne,
Joy

A beautiful, inspirational post.

JJ :D

Blogger ~~ Hollie Lisk~~ said...

When you kneel down in prayer, God will lift you up!


Thanks for the devotion!

Hollie Lisk
NLR, AR

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