I think the title of this post is kind of funny and ironic, since I have recently entered into some conversations on prayer and the perceived “evils” of contemplation, using our God given imagination (for good, as opposed to the crazy out of control imagining my mind tends towards without Him), listening to hear God speak, praying anything but the model of the Lord’s Prayer… 🙂 etc. you get the idea. Fear of anything different, under the guise of being watchful and vigilant for the lion seeking to devour is my take, personally.
Anyway, that isn’t what this is about… so I’ll stop on that.
The main gist of this weekend was the real power of prayer. how to enter into the work of prayer. how to pray effectively. how to pray and know God’s heart. and what to pray when you don’t! there was much covered, and much not covered, of course, but one thing the speaker spoke of at the beginning was that the work of prayer flows / or grows out of intimacy with the Father, not the other way around.
Over at the Sacred Everyday, they are discussing the same thing sort of… discipline and love and marrying them together.
We were handed a sheet, giving us ideas to expound and pray on each aspect of the Lord’s Prayer. You can do this yourself, of course, but it was a helpful tool…
“Our Father in heaven…” spend time in His presence, your Heavenly Father, allowing His love to bless you. John 1:12-13, Eph 1:5, Romans 8:15 ask God for healing and the ability to forgive your earthly Father so that you can grow in relationship with your heavenly Father.
“Hallowed be Your name…” take time to worship the Father. Be creative and free. Tell Him out loud or write every reason you can think of for giving Him praise. sing, write a new song (Col 3:16), choose a Psalm and pray it back to God with thanksgiving.
etc… I don’t know why I still get surprised at how faithful He is to bless me in return!! How He is so consistent to meet me as I praise Him, to change my heart as I worship. To pour out His love on me, even as I struggle to love Him back the way He deserves…