.::Prayer

If I am honest, one of the disciplines that I overlook and take for granted the most is prayer.  Probably because so much of my prayer experiences have been dull, boring, hard work, tedious, etc.  I cognitively know that prayer is powerful and effective.  I have been the recipient of many prayers that I know have sustained me through some really difficult times of my faith.

This morning I was reminded how fantastic prayer can be.  My disciplines class embarked upon a Concert of Prayer where I lead them through several different modes of praying, from silent meditation to group prayer, to confessional journaling, to group artistic efforts on a white board and so on.  It is always a risky effort taking people to places where they may never have been before.  I never know how a group is going to respond to an exercise like this.  This morning I dragged myself to work through 15 degree weather, sleepy, tired with a looooooong day ahead of me.  So my own soul and disposition was left wanting.  However, after an hour of recalibrating my soul, being reminded of hos God is truly at work in this world, and seeing 40 college student give themselves so freely in prayer was indescribably encouraging.  Hearing a room filed with prayers from all corners is overwhelming and uplifting.  The things you wrote on the board were rich with depth.  Just watching you as you prayed and prayed and prayed was so amazing!  Thank you Discipline Class for such an encouraging experience and uplift to my soul.

“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”

Philippians 1:3-6

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4 Responses to “.::Prayer”

  1. That class meeting is still one of my favorites, by far.

    “Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.” Phil 4:6-7

  2. i need that morning time to stay centered when I don’t it becomes about me and you know what i get bored really quick when it comes to talking about me.

  3. I just wish we had more time to sit and soak up all the outpourings on the boards. Our room was transformed into a sanctuary of praise and I didn’t want to leave, but it did reorient my direction for the day. Praises to God!

  4. Good stuff…prayer, that is! One thing that I loved from Foster’s about prayer is the power of imagination and prayer teamed together. Being reminded that God isn’t as far off as we think by imagining that He is right there with us while we pray is so important. Especially when He calls us to come before His throne of grace with boldness and confidence.

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