INTIMATE AND ONGOING

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By Pete Briscoe  October 21, 2020

There is a way of ordering our mental life on more than one level at once. On one level we can be thinking, discussing, seeing, calculating, meeting all the demands of external affairs, but deep within, behind the scenes at a profounder level we may also be in prayer and adoration, song and worship and a gentle receptiveness to divine breathings. — Thomas Kelly, Testament of Devotion

Sometimes, my family and I would hold hands around the dinner table. We’d close our eyes and bow our heads—thanking God for food on the table, a loving family, and a life worth dying for.

Preaching on Sundays was somewhat similar. I’d ask everyone to bow their heads and pray that God would teach us His truth. At the end of the sermon, we’d bow our heads again, close our eyes, and ask God to apply what we’d learned. And once I got back to my office, I’d get on my knees and raise empty hands toward heaven, spending time in intimate conversation with the God who loves me.

I’m all for structured times of prayer like these. But “prayer” is in no way limited to the words squished between “Dear God,” and “Amen.” Prayer can be a never-ceasing intimate conversation with the One who loves us. Consider these Scriptural truths:

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus. (Matthew 6:5-6)

…the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you… (Romans 8:11)

And pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. (Ephesians 6:18)

Walk by the Spirit… (Galatians 5:16)

Just as you walk in the Spirit moment by moment, you can continually pray in the Spirit—always rejoicing, always giving thanks in never-ceasing communication with Him. That’s what it means pray from a place of who you are in Christ—with His Spirit in you to lead, intercede, and transform your life in powerful ways.

This time, I’m not going to close with a structured prayer. Instead, I challenge you to begin an intimate, ongoing conversation right now with the God who loves you!

Amen?


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