I am sucker for a digital campaign that aims to try to connect me with God or the community more (you will already know how much I love 40 acts each lent!). So when I heard about Prompt 28 I was very intrigued. I signed up straight away with only a few days before it started the first Sunday in June.
What is the concept?
The idea behind Prompt 28 is that for 28 days you will ask the Spirit a question. Being aware of what we are asking the Spirit (and taking our prompts from the daily text/email from Share Jesus International) will hopefully make us more open to opportunities and aware of the Spirit moving in our daily lives. Some of the prompts are “Who can I pray for today?” or “Who could I eat lunch with today?”. Some are practical and some are more spiritual, but all are eye opening if you let the Spirit use them.
has it helped me?
Yes and no. The prompts haven’t been especially imaginative so far, and I have found some of them hard to fit into my lifestyle (I work from home on my own so have no-one to invite to lunch!). But some of them have been very powerful and pushed me to pray things I might never have. I have spotted opportunities to reach out that I may have ignored. I have offered prayer to those on my facebook feed, I have been inspired to write notes of encouragement to those in power above me, and I have jumped at the chance to feed a family in need. I prayed that I would have the chance to say sorry in person to someone who I never see, and then the next day their car was outside my house and I was able to clear the air and apologise. I spent one whole day praying peace over my estate and I made an extra effort to be cheerful to all those I interact with during my day.
What has the spirit answered with?
The tag line of the Prompt 28 campaign is “Ask the Spirit a question, see what happens next..” and I love this! You know what, when you invite the Spirit into your everyday life it is always a little bit scary. You never know where He is going to lead you or what he is going to prompt you to do. But it is exciting too! To know that you could be used to bring someone one step closer to knowing Jesus is exhilarating. To know that your prayers could change someones world, or your gift of love be influential in someone’s life is so exciting. I really want to live like this everyday, for it to be Prompt 365 if I’m honest. Don’t we all need that little kick in the morning to remind us what potential the day has to make an impact for Christ? No day is a write off. No day doesn’t hold something unique. And if Prompt 28 does nothing more than remind us of that, then it is amazing.
But I know that it has done much more than that. This is only its first year, and Share Jesus International have started off well. I hope and pray that even more people take part and it becomes more widely known, so that more of us can be prompted to include the Spirit in our everyday lives.