Our topic was the creativity & variety that God designed into prayer: prayer lists, writing a letter, singing to God, praying the Scriptures, being still, praying micro-prayers, and praying when God brings people to mind.
God never wants our communication with Him to become, as E.M. Bounds wrote, just a "recitation of words, a mere verbal performance, an empty ceremony."
There's lots of stuff to talk about:
- The Video — We bought another SermonSpice video this week to kick off our topic. Very creative. Artistic. Beautiful music. You can watch it here.
- The Quotes — I quoted two authors on prayer this week: E. M. Bounds and Watchman Nee.
- Which Was Harder? — I changed up how I prayed with everyone yesterday. (1) I had everyone keep their heads up & eyes open. (2) I didn't end with my usual prayer script, "In Jesus' name, Amen." Which was harder to do? #2. After I just stopped praying, I didn't know what to say next. 🙂
- Singing to God — Here are a couple of albums I love singing to God to:
- Praying the Scriptures — Years ago, I was challenged to create my own personalized prayer from the Scriptures by picking out a set of verses through Psalm 119. I chose 14 of them. For a time, my prayer time was built around them. It was a great exercise & great time of prayer.
- More Variety in Prayer — Here are some other ways that God designed variety into our prayer life:
- I'd Prefer Not To… — I'm very open to trying out new ways of ministry, including prayer. But there's one mode of prayer I'd not into: praying in a circle while holding hands. Unfortunately, all I can think of is, "Are my hands in the right place? Am I gripping too hard? Too soft? Oh no, I'm starting to sweat!"