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Upper Room: Me + God (Daily)

#PERSONAL #DEVOTION #INTIMACY #PRAYER #DISCIPLINE #SPIRITUALFORMATION
“Upper Room” is a program that BELONGING CHURCH provides for all believers to regularly read and meditate on God’s Word. We provide guidelines along with weekly passages to read, meditate, take notes, and pray with the Scripture that you just have read. We believe that the discipline of humble prayer and intimate relationship with the Living God is the foundation of all things. 1 John 1:6 tells us, “If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth,” thus, we intentionally practice walking in the truth.
Upper Room is a room of intimacy and discipline with Jesus. The idea behind the name comes from the Book of Acts immediately after Jesus’ ascension when the called people (church) gathered in the upper room “where they were staying,” (Acts 1:13). It is signifying occupancy of ordinary living space. Moreover, “all these with one accord,” (1:14) implying the unity and aligned heart, they “were devoting themselves to prayer” (1:14). Prayer is not limited to, bringing our To-Do list of things that God must help upon your life. Prayer is not so much a formula as it is a state of mindfulness: acknowledging the “Godness” of God and our dependence on Him for every little thing in everyday life. Our souls are built for a relationship with God—to walk with Him and talk with Him.

PRIVATE & REGULAR

Jesus exemplified for us that he prayed alone in a private setting. “And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up on the mountain by himself to pray. When evening came, he was there alone” (Matt. 14:23). Consistency usually helps most people. Select a regular time set apart for the Lord. Jesus even fell on his face three times with the very same words, pleading, “let this cup pass from me” (Matt. 26). Our goal is not limited “visits” to the Upper Room, but to “dwell” in it as we mature in Christ. Intentionally increase the frequency and duration of your dwelling in the Upper Room!

INTIMATE FELLOWSHIP: IT’S ABOUT “WHO” NOT “WHAT”

Joshua 1:8 tells us, “This Book of the Law shall not depart from your mouth, but you shall meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do according to all that is written in it.” Why? Because, it is about who is being revealed through the Word, not information. The reading and meditating on God’s word is a process to cultivate a relationship with God and maintain joyful communion with Him. Reading God’s Word is a way to focus our lens on God, which was never meant as an end in itself. It is intended as a means to adore God more and more. We long to know Christ and to be known perfectly in return. We yearn to love and to be loved.

OVERFLOW

While the Upper Room is built privately, the Christian life was never intended to be lived in isolation. God calls us to the community—to our church. As much as you enjoy your time with the Lord, we encourage you to share it with others. You never know who you will inspire! May the Word of God flow from you. If you are deeply engaged with Jesus, you will transmit what you have experienced to others around you. We believe in the multiplication of Jesus’ discipleship program. It is like a forest fire.
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