Category: Prayer

Spiritual Formation at Faith: Embracing Environments for Transformation

As the pastor of spiritual formation at Faith TriCities, I was tasked to develop a ministry strategy for a spiritual formation/discipleship process. This was not an easy thing! It forced me to look carefully at spiritual reality (not how we think it should be) and the context of church life. One thing I understood from ...

The Crisis of Prayer

My post for today comes out of my Lenten devotional by Henri Nouwen. It’s such a good insight into prayer when it seems it’s such a struggle. At times I find myself pushing and shoving in prayer feeling like all the work lies with me. In those times, prayer feels more like a burden and ...

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Prayer as Relationship

“Prayer is inherently relational; it thrives in the context of an authentic, dynamic, reciprocating friendship with God.” Cynthia Hyle Bezek in Prayer Begins in Relationship, p. 15. Too often prayer becomes an item to check off the to-do list or becomes nothing more than our attempt to get God to act on our behalf for ...

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God is the Subject

“Christian spirituality is not a life-project for becoming a better person. It is not about developing a so-called deeper life. We are in on it, to be sure, but we are not the subject. Nor are we the action. We get included by means of a few prepositions: God with us (Matt. 1:23), Christ in ...

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Prayer – Turning Our Attention to God

“Among the important lessons that the spiritual giants can teach us, and on which they have striking agreement, is that we are not likely to experience reality in prayer unless we practice a great deal of silent waiting. Far from prayer being a matter of words, it is often, at its best, freedom from words, ...

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Sighs Too Deep For Words

“Give heed to my sighing…” Psalm 5:1 Have you ever been in a place where you had no words to describe your distress and when you tried to pray – it came out as a…sigh?  Prayer is not trying to strong arm God with fancy words.  It’s not way to cut good deals with God ...

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Prayer as Communion

Many of us cringe when prayer is mentioned, mostly because we are so inconsistent at it and feel guilty for not “measuring up.” (If we were honest, we’d admit how bored we are with it.) There’s so much more to prayer than we realize and perhaps starting at a new place can help us. It will take some ...