Reader, please join me in doing a very simple hand gesture: start with a normal posture, spread both your palms outwards and lift them up towards your chest, cross them in front of your chest like the image above, double tap the back of the hand closer to you with your other hand, then, say the word ‘More’ out loud. Do this, and say the word ‘More’ out loud, repeatedly; do it and say it, in such a manner that it becomes a part of your subconscious nature. You know the part of your awareness that rests just below the level of your conscious mind. This effort is to persuade, convince, induce a desire to want MORE of what you have asked God for, and MORE of Him!
I am expecting this year 2024 to be a year of tremendous FAVOR and GRACE, despite evil, disappointment, chaos, or conflict, unmerited circumstances, challenging relationships, and an unrighteous self – me. Why do I have this expectancy? Because my God is able: According to Ephesians 3:20, “God is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think”. God is not just able to do beyond what we ask, but abundantly beyond, He’s able to do MORE. I must repeat, He is able to do far MORE abundantly beyond what we ask or think. God is able to do exceedingly well and can bless us beyond our expectations.
When we seek and desire MORE of Him, He leans in our direction with MORE favor, grace, and mercy. This year, much MORE than in previous years, I desire to be shaped MORE by His Word, and by scripture. 2 Peter 1:2-9, the Living Bible translation says:
“Do you want MORE and MORE of God’s kindness and peace? Then learn to know him better and better. For as you know Him better, He will give you, through His great power, everything you need for living a truly good life: He even shares His own glory and His own goodness with us! And by that same mighty power He has given us all the other rich and wonderful blessings He promised; for instance, the promise to save us from the lust and rottenness all around us, and to give us His own character. But to obtain these gifts, you need MORE than faith; you must also work hard to be good, and even that is not enough. For then you must learn to know God better and discover what He wants you to do. Next, learn to put aside your own desires so that you will become patient and godly, gladly letting God have His way with you. This will make possible the next step, which is for you to enjoy other people and to like them, and finally you will grow to love them deeply. The MORE you go on in this way, the MORE you will grow strong spiritually and become fruitful and useful to our Lord Jesus Christ. But anyone who fails to go after these additions to faith is blind indeed, or at least very shortsighted and has forgotten that God delivered him from the old life of sin so that now he can live a strong, good life for the Lord”.
Reader, please join me in doing another hand gesture: using your hands, pray in this method:
Thumb: Pray for family and friends, that they ask for and seek MORE of God’s heart.
Index Finger: Pray for those who teach and guide you, such as teachers, pastors, and mentors, that they get MORE, receive MORE, ask for MORE of God’s wisdom.
Middle Finger: Pray for those in authority, such as government, military, and police officers, that they become MORE Christ-like evoking them to serve mankind with MORE compassion, and concern.
Ring Finger: Pray for those in need, such as the poor, the sick, the oppressed, and the persecuted, that in the midst of their plight, they see and experience MORE of God.
Little Finger: Pray for yourself and your own needs and acknowledge that the key to God meeting your needs, is you wanting and having MORE of a closer relationship with Him.
And, if you don’t mind, when praying…please, pray for me, as I will be praying for you, to receive MORE of Him in 2024!