The Power of Accountability

Wednesday, April 26, 2017


READ
"Confess therefore your sins one to another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The supplication of a righteous man avails much in its working." (James 5:16)

REFLECT
When I first started writing these devotionals for Whole Magazine Teens, I was very nervous about having a new deadline each week. The time commitment I was about to make would be six months long. I was worried that I would run out of ideas when I could hardly come up with a good topic for my first article. That fear was soon put aside as the Holy Spirit began to guide my words with each devotional. I also couldn't have possibly imagined, at the time, what great spiritual growth would come from taking on this commitment.

Every week I knew I would have to sit down Sunday evening and write an entire devotional, so the whole week was filled with prayer, and spiritual communication. I looked for the spiritual messages in every aspect of life. I grew closer and closer to God. I relied on Him to help me write a new one each week. Having a responsibility to write for Him gave me a distinct accountability. I was being held accountable to do things like read my Bible, pray and spend time with Jesus based off of my own commitment. 

It was hard to balance school, band activities, and a writing responsibility each week. So when the six months were up, I initially opted to stop writing for a while. During that time, I could tell I was falling off of a spiritual high. I spent less time reading the Bible. On Wednesday nights, I found myself questioning the last time I had a meaningful prayer and I spent less time engaging in the things God had been setting me up to do. 

I could still hear His faint voice, telling me different topics I should be writing about. The accountability that writing gives me, holds me to a standard. I have to let go of the reigns and give it to Jesus each week I write. Accountability is so powerful, and it can hold you to any standard you're willing to set.

PRAY
Dear Lord, I thank You so much for this week You created. I ask that You help me to find what holds me accountable. Help me be responsible for how I am engaging spiritual. I seek a revival in my faith and I am letting go. I surrender myself to you, take me to a level of spiritual closeness that I have never experienced. I expect great things, Lord, I trust You always keep Your word and You are so good. Amen.

YOUR TURN 
I encourage you to find what holds you accountable to prayer, reading the Bible and worship, and then firmly establishing it in your life. It could be a friend, a mentor, a daily reminder or even writing a blog each week. Whatever it is that holds you, find it and then allow it to transform your relationship with Jesus.

Written by: Daisy Budgick


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