Richard Rohr writes: “Prayer is not about changing God, but being willing to let God change us”. Sitting and thinking about those words has significantly impacted my prayer life. It has opened me up to understanding more fully the power of prayer. There are certain truths that I hold onto that have grown my prayer life.
- When I come before the Lord God Almighty, Creator of Heaven and Earth, I do so with the understanding of the character of God revealed in Jesus Christ. God is love, mercy, compassion and grace. I can trust in God’s goodness.
The throne room of God has been thrown open through Jesus and I am invited to come into God’s presence. It is in this space I discover God has always been waiting, leaning in, listening. If I have no words, God by the power of the Holy Spirit will still hear the deepest groaning of my heart.
In prayer I am also to wait, lean in, listen. God will speak to me. Sometimes in silence. Sometimes through Scripture. Sometimes through another human. Sometimes in nature. Not always quickly. But always faithfully for God will honor my desire to align my life with God.
Prayer is a discipline. Prayer is a gift. Prayer is for you and for me.
Starting Sunday, September 11, at 9:15 upstairs in our prayer room, Erin Owens and Heather Blair will be offering a time of one-on-one prayer and intercession for healing or any other life circumstances, for yourself or for others. It will be a time to intentionally bring before the God of Love anything that's weighing your heart down. The Prayer List Ministry we have at The Downtown Church is very important. Yet, sometimes we need to pray with another person face to face.
I am grateful for an additional way this body of Christ will care for one another.
See you Sunday,