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Prayer Life


The Lord's Prayer (black & white)
Recently, our church tried out something different from our norm. We hosted a Prayer Gathering. We got together, Joel read a piece of scripture and lifted up a concern that was on his heart and then we spent the better part of the next hour praying together as the spirit led.

Two things struck me. One, I don't remember the words that were spoken or even specific names that were lifted up but I do remember being struck with awe. In one particular instance, someone spoke to God and I was just humbled by how close she is to him, how much she is dependent upon him which was obvious from the way that she spoke with him in our presence. Not showy or hesitant, but bold and comforting, as if picking up a conversation with a dear friend that is always on her heart and in her thoughts.

The other thing is the Holy Spirit. I was reminded that when we cry out for him, he comes rushing in. Someone pleaded for us to be infused with God's spirit and I was blessed with a taste of that vision and desire for our church.

I guess there is a third thing, I am encouraged that not everything is as it appears. I am encouraged that members of our church truly desire to be in relationship with God. We need people like this in the church today, because they become beacons for those of us in the storm and for those of us that have lost our way. God is gracious in his blessings and gives them to us when we need them the most.

I am grateful that we set aside time for prayer and that others joined in during that time and cried out to God. I am excited about what is in store for us and can't seem to wait until we join together again for the next Prayer Gathering.

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