Every December I ask God to give me a word. Not just any word, but one that describes what He wants to accomplish through me in the coming year.
In 2011 my word was SATISFIED. I needed to realize only the Lord can fill me.
In 2012 it was PEACE. God wanted me to let go of my fears and rest in Him.
2013’s word was REJOICE. I wanted to increase my level of joy by spending more time in praise and thanksgiving.
Last year it was RENEW. God faithfully revealed areas of my life that needed a fresh touch from Him.
As I begin 2015, I’m ready to live out my new word for this year. God is calling me from complacency and laziness in prayer to a place of fervent, frequent intercession for my family and friends. He’s challenging me to FIGHT!
My goal is to pray like never before – to be a “warrior woman” who fights on her knees!. I desperately want to see God do miracles in the lives of the people I love.
If you’re not familiar with the “one word” concept, let me clear up any confusion. Following is a list of practical steps to help you discover your word for this year.
How to “Get” Your One Word
1. Prepare your heart to receive your word.
Fast and pray (which you’re doing). God will speak when you put yourself into a posture to hear from Him.
2. Ask God to reveal your word.
The word can be anything – a fruit of the Spirit (kindness), attribute of God (mercy), or character trait (perseverance).
3. Do not seek counsel from others.
Godly counsel regarding issues or problems is essential, but you shouldn’t get advice on your word from family or friends. Let God show you what it is.
4. Look for confirmation of your word.
God will often bring your word to your attention through various ways – sermons, a song, conversations, etc. Expect God to make your one word undeniably clear.
4. Share your word.
Once you have your word, you can talk about it and share it with others. Ask them to pray for you and to hold you accountable so that God can do His work in you.
5. Live out your word.
Trust God to help grow in this area of your life. Keep a journal, and write down insights and lessons throughout the year. Keep praying about your word.
I challenge you to seek God for your one word for 2015. Use the steps above as a guideline, but don’t rush the process. Be patient as you wait on the Lord. Keep your eyes and ears open. God has something powerful to show you through your word!
If you already know your one word for 2015, please share it below!