“Untutored, we tend to thinkthat prayer is what goodpeople do when they are doingtheir best. It is not.”Eugene Peterson
“Inexperienced, we supposethat there must be an “insider”language that must beacquired before God takes usseriously in our prayer. There isnot.”
“Prayer is elemental, not advanced,language. It is the means by which ourlanguage becomes honest, true, andpersonal in response to God. It is themeans by which we get everything inour lives out in the open before God.”
Lord, don’t rebuke me based on the reasons youhave to be angryOr chastise me based on your reasons to bedispleasedInstead, be gracious to me because I am so weakand weary.Heal me O God because I feel troubled, even to mybonesMy soul is greatly troubled.
Let everyone who lives wickedly leave me aloneFor the Lord has heard what I have requestedof him.All of my enemies will be ashamed and greatlydismayed.They will turnback and be instantlyfilled withshame.
FourBigCommunityIdeas1. What’s making you pause?2. What are you waiting for?3. Where are you at (honestly)?4. What do you need to download?
AREYOUWILLINGtomakethejourney?1. Say exactly how you feel about yourself2. Say everything true about God3. Join the purposes of God in this matter4. Declare the contrast between the way of Godand the way of the enemy.5. Speak out what God has brought to yourheart through the visitation of his Spirit