Prayer Practicum: Unceasing Prayer

Prayer Practicum: Unceasing Prayer Sermon Audio Here

Ephesians 6:18-20

New Yankee Workshop-Norm Abram had every tool; Dick Proenneke had a few hand tools, and made every other tool he needed. What tools do we use in prayer? Our challenge is to

Expand Our Prayer Toolbox With

Breath Prayer

  • Luke 18:13 is the example of the most well known “breath prayer”
  • Not formal, not fancy, but definitely got the job done.
  • In Psalm 130:1, the first verse reveals a gut-level response to life:
  • Ever feel like you’re so far lost, you won’t possibly find your way out? Cry out for help!
  • SW: Think of short phrases that you “send up as a flare” prayer; Resolve to use them!

Presence Prayer

Brother Lawrence, wrote, “the most excellent method he had found of going to GOD, was that of doing our common business without any view of pleasing men, and (as far as we are capable) purely for the love of GOD.”

  • Galatians 1:10 ~ When we serve, we remind ourselves: THIS IS FOR GOD.
  • Ephesians 6:5-6 ~ As we serve, we think of God’s presence, and we PRAY IN RESPONSE

“As he proceeded in his work, he continued his familiar conversation with his Maker, imploring His grace, and offering to Him all his actions.” ~ Brother Lawrence

  • If we were able to offer everything we did, no matter the context, as an offering to God, how would that affect our prayer life?

Steps Into Unceasing Prayer

  • The first step is outward discipline. A concert musician might make their performance seem effortless, but consider how much time was spent practicing scales. Ask yourself: what concrete disciplines could you use to commune with God in prayer?
  • The next step is mental discipline. What examples do you see in Psalm 119:9-16?
  • The third step is “splanchna” – gut-level change.
  • Consider Colossians 3:12 as an ongoing example for us ~

We MAKE THE CHOICE what we will “put on” in prayer. And we make this choice EVERY DAY.

“’O Lord, my Lord, how excellent is your name in all the earth.’ The Pleiades and Orion sing your praise. Sparrows and chickadees mimic their song. All creation seems in harmony with you, the Master Conductor. All, that is, except me. Why? Why do I alone want to sing my own melody? I certainly am a stubborn creature. Forgive me.
I do desire to come into harmony with you more fully and more often. I do desire a fellowship that is constant and sustaining. Please nurture this desire of mine, which seems so small and tentative right now. May I someday become like the trees, which are ‘planted by streams of water, which yield their fruit in its season, and their leaves do not whither. In all they do, they prosper.’ For Jesus’ sake. –Amen.”1

 
 
 
 
 
 

1. Richard Foster, Prayer, the Heart’s True Home, pg. 129

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