Prayer – a journey of discovery
What a privilege it is to be able to be in a relationship with the Lord Almighty – to be allowed to call him ‘Father’! We will never be able to plumb the depths of the wonder, creativity, power, variety or peace of prayer. But, just as we see in Ezekiel a river that increases in depth as you travel along it, so our journey with God in prayer can deepen and develop both individually and as a community.
Perhaps you are unsure if God would want to hear your prayers, maybe you feel guilty about how much (ie little) you think you pray. Do you find prayer uplifting and inspiring or boring and dull? Maybe you delight in discovering new ways of talking with God and listening to his heart or perhaps you’d love to try praying creatively but have no clue where to start.
You can find some creative ideas by clicking here.
Here are some other resources to try:
Prayermate – An app for iPhone or Android users that you can use to list people, countries you want to pray for and the volume of prayer points to be generated a day. It can be linked to other organisations such as Operation World or Tearfund to inform your prayers.
WordLive is a Scripture Union resource (see www.wordlive.org) that has a range of ways to engage with daily Bible readings; a classic study approach, a more reflective Lectio Divinia style, podcasts, audio Bible, suggested ways to respond and much more. You can get daily updates via their website, social media or their app.
London Institute of Contemporary Christianity – The LICC are passionate about whole-life discipleship and a lot of their material is particularly, though not exclusively, aimed at people in the workplace. They have a number of 40 day prayer journeys such as ‘Get Wisdom!’, ‘Trusting God’ and ‘A culture of prayer’ that you can join in with and there are some great creative prayer forums on their website to share ideas with other Christians.
Praying for the world– Many organisations allow you to sign up for daily or weekly emails with information and prayer points. Try www.opendoorsuk.org (particularly their current ‘Live like a North Korean’ feature) or www.operationworld.org.