Why not join us on a Lent journey through my book "Prayer in the Making"? I'll be talking about each section of the book, and sharing a few extra thoughts on how prayer works in our lives. I'd love to have your company.
Chapter 12: Resilience; Part 2: Growing a Relationship. It's the last episode in this Prayer in the Making Lent Bookclub, and this is my attempt to get to the heart of things. Thanks for listening, and May your prayer life go from strength to strength.
Chapter 12: Resilience; Part 1: Building a Rhythm. If our relationships with our loved ones always include things we really love to do, then how much more our relationship with God? Yet how often do we focus on the areas of prayer we think we need to improve in? And do we end up thinking that the stuff we really enjoy doing probably doesn't count as much? This is a tiny summary of my teaching on prayer and personality, with a challenge to work out what kind of prayer we most love ... and then to go and do more of it.
Chapter 11: Warfare; Part 2: Victory Strategies. The Bible is full of stories about people who needed to hold their ground until God helped them win victory and find breakthrough. One of my favourites is Gideon, and this is a little reflection on the three ingredients which helped him get his breakthrough.
Chapter 11: Warfare; Part 1: Opposition Strategies. Why is prayer so hard? The answer is partly because it's opposed. Since the dawn of time, the enemy has been sowing alienation between humankind and God. Here's how ... and here are some suggestions as to how you can push back against that prayer-killing opposition strategy.
Chapter 10: Scripture; Part 2: Justice and Kingdom. How do you take what was written in the Bible centuries ago and pray it for your 21st century community? This is a few thoughts on how we need to approach scripture when we're seeking to pray it in our modern times ... and what some of the pitfalls might be.
Chapter 10: Scripture; Part 1: Power and Promise. One of my biggest struggles with prayer over the years has been how to keep myself fresh and open to hearing God's voice in the Bible. Of course that's essentially the work of the Holy Spirit but it's also something I can help with ... so here's my recipe.
Chapter 9: Voice and Body; Part 2: Praying out loud. After a lot of years of praying with people in prayer meetings, I have some thoughts on how we might make praying out loud more engaging and more enjoyable. This isn't really about how you pluck up the courage to pray aloud, it's more about how those of us who are used to doing it can break out of some old patterns and help to make it a more positive experience for others.
Chapter 8: Restoration; Part 1: Inner Healing. If God is doing a work of renovation, restoration and transformation in us, then prayer is the place where we receive it. This is me talking through a few questions that help us partner in that work of restoration.
Chapter 6: Intercession; Part 2: Heart Prayers. This is a bit about the importance of expressing our own desires in prayer ... telling God what we want. We're often afraid to do that in case we're wrong or we're being selfish, but we need to learn to pour out our own hearts if we're going to have that heart-to-Heart relationship with God.
Chapter 6: Intercessian; Part 1: Shoulder Prayers. These are the confessions of a non-specific pray-er. When it comes to intercession, I am far better at big, vague, conceptual prayers, but I want to get better about being specific in what I pray for, so these are my tips on how to sharpen up your intercession.
Chapter 5: Action; Part 1: Prayer beyond Words. Sometimes words fail us in prayer. They're not enough, or we just can't find the right ones. But fortunately God isn't limited to words. This is me telling a few stories about times when I've used actions as prayers.
Chapter 3: Listening; Part 2: Listening with the Senses. This is all about stories ... why they mean so much to us when we're little, why they still matter today, even when we're grown up, and how God uses them to speak to us.
Chapter 2: Worship; Part 1: Presence and Praise. This is me sharing a few of my favourite tips for bringing praise and worship to life in me, especially when I've become too familiar with God's goodness ... when I'm in danger of losing my wonder.
In this episode we're talking about our favourite prayer times ... and our least favourite prayer times. Go on ... join the conversation! We'd love to hear about your best and worst prayer moments ... and we promise we won't judge :)