4.18.16 ~ Jeff’s Weekly Post … Prayer
Well here it is Sunday evening sitting on the patio beginning to think about this week’s post. As I sit I still reflect on my writing of last week from Richard Foster’s book Celebration of Discipline. “ Of all the Spiritual Disciplines prayer is the most central because it ushers us into perpetual communion with the Father. Meditation introduces us to the inner life, fasting is an accompanying means, study transforms our minds, but it is the Discipline of prayer that brings us into the deepest and highest work of the human spirit.” Prayer, the activity that takes me into a never ending or changing sharing and exchanging of intimate thoughts and feelings with God and calls me into the deepest and highest work of my spirit. .
This still fascinates and intrigues me, what about you? It has peeked my curiosity as well as challenged me in my current prayer. So let’s move on in this journey of prayer.
Foster continues with this, “To pray is to change. Prayer is the central avenue God uses to transform us. If we are unwilling to change, we will abandon prayer as a noticeable characteristic of our lives. The closer we come to the heartbeat of God the more we see our need and the more we desire to be conformed to Christ” Man it just keeps getting better. The way that God moves change in us is by active communication between us. This I think might be what causing many to abandon a consistent and persistent time to visit with our Lord and Savior. Let’s break this down a bit.
First, to pray is to change! Change what? My lifestyle? My thought life? My dependency? My faith? My inner being? Yes and even more! I think that this is the same for all of us as well as different. Let me explain. First, the change that is the same is to continue to allow God to transform our inner being, our core. To bring us all to the conformed image of Christ. What moved Christ in scripture and what moves him today need to move us. I’ve learned that no matter how good of a person I am, I cannot, in my own work do this change. It is so much deeper than me. As Christians, young or old in this journey we are all changing to the image of Christ as we pray. Now, how is it different for each one of us. Well, that comes in the day to day practical things are lives are made up of. Jobs, families, friends, decisions in life and the list could go on and on. What I know for sure is, as I change and my life changes, I would rather do it with God through prayer than without.
Foster goes on to say that if we really don’t want to change our lives and be transformed, we will ‘abandon’ prayer as a noticeable characteristic in our lives. To just give up and take control back of our life. I really believe that is a lie Satan tells us.
Interesting word Foster uses, ‘noticeable’. Can people tell those who are and are not actively involved in a prayer life. I think so! We can go into more of this at a later time, but I really believe that as we are transformed through prayer, people will take notice! Change will happen! We will be transformed!!
So as we continue to practice both mediation as well as prayer, come join me in getting minute by minute, hour by hour, day by day closer to the heart beat of God. Here’s to seeing and believing that he is changing us.
Until next week……..remember the words of my dad, “Practice makes Perfect”!