Impacting Cities & Communities thru Prayer
A Community of Prayer Champions, Praying Churches, Prayed-for Communities
Yesterday we held our third session in our prayer class themed around Paul Miller's book, "A Praying Life". We continue to have very consistent attendance - evidence that God has placed a hunger for deeper prayer lives in our congregation. It's exciting to think about what he might do with that hunger!
This week we covered chapters 6-8 of the book, and I divided the session into three main topics based on those chapters:
The topics seemed to connect well, and there was good engagement in the class.
At the beginning of the first week, Richard, who is co-teaching the class with me, asked people what they wanted to get out of the class or any specific struggles they had in prayer, and we created a "parking lot" out of those items. Yesterday's session really hit on the "praying continuously" item on that parking lot, as we discussed the different ways that God draws us to prayer through things like helplessness, circumstances, and anxiety.
A couple of highlights:
One of the parking lot items was the question of if there is a "wrong prayer". We touched on two examples of wrong prayer:
In the first case, a wrong prayer is prayer for anything that puts something other than God on the throne of our lives.
In the second case, a wrong prayer is prayer that is all about exalting ourselves rather than God (the same type of prayer that Jesus spoke of in Matthew 6).
Next week: Chapters 9-11!