Category Archives: Spiritual Lessons

Prayer – praying the Lord's Prayer

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.

 

click here for the rest over at the "other" place… Prayer

 


I'm Back!

It was a great time at the "Dunamis Retreat – the Power of Prayer"

God worked and moved mightily… and with a few surpirses! Bryan and I come home changed and are excited to see what God will continue to do in us, what He can now do through us with some spiritual strongholds broken, and renewed vision and direction for Souljourn (our church) and our family.

SO much to share, too much that isn’t mine to share. I thiank it will take a while to get my head and heart sorted out… I might do that first before vomiting all over the internet! LOL

I’ll leave you with just one of the scriptures Bryan and I feel God gave to us this weekend:

Jeremiah 32:38-39

"They shall be My people, and I will be their God; and I will give them one heart and one way, that they may fear Me always, for their own good and for the good of their children after them."


Dad's Inspiration

My Dad sent me this (thanks Dad!)… and it so blessed me as it goes along great with the conversations of late around the blogosphere regarding our day in day out relationship with Jesus…

Click for link to a different version of Footprints


The Pursuit of God 3

I can’t get by Days 4-6. Day 7 says “Now the journey can begin…” and my spirit said… no, you didn’t really deal with the letting go of things… so I have been pondering and praying, and will sit here for a while as the Spirit works in my heart.

God’s gift’s now taking the place of God… our roots going down deep into… things, comforts, talents, relationships, ideals, instead of Christ. and Tozer’s wise words:

press Pursuit of God 3   to read the rest.


Pursuit of God 2

A couple more quotes from AW Tozer

When the Lord divided Canaan among the tribes of Israel, Levi received no share of the land. God said to him simply, “I am thy part and thine inheritance,” and by those words made him richer than all his brethren, richer than all the kings and rajas who have ever lived in the world. And there is a spiritual principle here, a principle still valid for every priest of the Most High God”

Its overwhelming to me that WE are PRIESTS!! Levites, that is us. Each of us a leader of worship. Called to minister to God! that just sounds crazy, and yet, that is what Scripture calls us… that is a whole nother post for another day!!

Prayer: “O God, I have tasted Thy goodness, and it has both satisfied me and made me thirsty for more.  I am painfully conscious of my need of further grace.  I am ashamed of my lack of desire.  O God, the Triune God, I want to want Thee; I long to be filled with longing; I thirst to be made more thirsty still.”


The Pursuit of God 1

I picked up a book I read in college to reread… its been calling my name! The Pursuit of God by AW Tozer. I wanted to share the bits that are challenging me… renewing my thirst and desire for pursuit… reminding me of the URGENCY to pursue!!

Hosea 6:3 “Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.”

The impulse to pursue God originates with God, but the outworking of that impulse is our following hard after Him.” It is such a paradox, you know? That God drawing, me drawing near business… Psalm 42:1 “As the deer panteth after the water brooks, so panteth my soul after Thee, O God.” and yet the whole time we are STILL in His hand. Pslam 63:8 “My soul followeth hard after Thee: Thy right hand upholdeth me.”

and some long quotes that are sticking hard with me: “The doctrine of justification by faith – a biblical truth, and a blessed relief from sterile legalism and unavailing self-effort – has in our time fallen into evil company and been interpreted by many in such a manner as actually to bar men from the knowledge of God. The whole transaction of religious conversion has been made mechanical and spiritless… Christ may be “received” without creating any special love for Him in the soul of the receiver. The man is “saved”, but he is not hungry nor thirsty after God. In fact, he is specifically taught to be satisfied and is encouraged to be content with little… we have almost forgotten that God is a person, and as such, can be cultivated as any person can. It is inherent in personality to be able to know other personalitites, but full knowledge of one personality by another cannot be achieved in one encounter. It is only after long and loving mental intercourse that the full possibilities of both can be explored.”

and

How tragic that we in these dark days have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of “accepting” Christ (a term, incidentall, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him, we need no more seek Him… it is taken for granted that no Bible-taught Christian ever believed otherwise. Thus the whole testimony of the worshiping, seeking, singing church on that subject is crisply set aside. The experiential heart-theology of a grand army of fragrant saints is rejected in favor of a smug interpretation of Scripture which would certainly have sounded strange to an Augustine, a Rutherford or a Brainerd.”

There are some though who “admit the force of the argument, and then turn away with tears to hunt some lonely place and pray, “O God, show me Thy glory.” They want to taste, to touch with their hearts, to see with their inner eyes the wonder that is God.

Jeremiah 29:13 “And ye shall see me, and find me, when ye shall search for me with all your heart.”

Hosea 10:12 “Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy; break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till He come and rain righteousness upon you.”


On prayer and God speaking… more to come!

I can’t get to the blog to copy the link, because I am blocked for some reason, BUT it was everyday mommy that made me want to write something.

God speaks today, but NEVER in contradiction to the Bible. 

 

In the Bible God tells us that God spoke in an audible voice, in a voice that was audible to only one person in a group of people, in inaudible sentences in the mind that were just as clear as audible voices, in impressions, in visions, in dreams, in circumstances, in nature, through angels, and various other ways.  (from Surprised by the Voice of God by Jack Deere) 

 

Since He never changes, and Scripture is how we learn who God is and how we are to act, react, interact with Him etc.  I feel it is safe to say that we can expect the same from God today.  I don’t necessarily think we will ALL hear from God in the same way all the time, but I wouldn’t want to put God in a box and say He would NEVER speak to me in a dream, just because He hasn’t.

 

Whether all of the above is a PART of prayer or not, I suppose it would depend on your definition.  I tend to think of prayer as communication, which is a two way activity in every other use of the word.
 

I agree with Scripture, that we should not utter vain repetitions… besides being useless to our hearts and minds, without our heart being involved, more importantly it is not pleasing to God…  I was reading in Hosea 6:6 “I delight in loyalty rather than sacrifices, and in the knowledge of God rather than burnt offerings.”  He WANTS us to know Him intimately… and that doesn’t happen with only me talking to Him.  He doesn’t want mindless “canned” prayers, He doesn’t want ritual without thought, he wants our hearts and souls and minds taken up with Him…  I think the key word is “vain” – not “repetition”.  I’ll be honest.  I have vainly repeated the Lord’s prayer many a time in my life.  I have vainly recited Scripture, or mindlessly read it out loud in a Bible Study.

 

And then there are the other times that I have REPEATED, yet by no means vainly… whether it is a sentence, a word, the Lord’s Prayer, a verse, His name, a line of a song, a whole song sung over and over and over… as long as it isn’t ”vain”, it is prayer.  As long as it comes from the heart, it is a pleasing fragrance to Him.