Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Listening prayer

I've been trying to think of some different ways for us to pray at our 'Midweek Meditation.' A big part of the goal is to change our prayer "metric." I would like us to not look at prayer so much as "telling God what we want him to do," but instead have it be more a case of "listening to what God might be trying to say to us." If we are going to be about joining God in his mission then we need to start with HIM. For some he speaks best through Scripture, for some it's writing or drawing, for some it may be through communion, and for some it may simply be by just sitting and listening. Or, it could be a combination of all the above (or any number of other ways).

At any rate, I used to have a prayer guide where I suggested we prayed for: yourself, your church, family & friends, co-workers, your enemies, people who didn't know Christ, etc. However... I think starting this week I'm going to use this for our prayer guide (for the time being):
  • Who am I?
  • Who are my neighbors?
  • Who are my enemies that I need to forgive and love?
  • What are you trying to say to me, Lord?
  • What do you want for our church, Lord?
  • What would you like to see happen in our community/neighborhood/area, Lord?
  • Who are some people I can be Jesus to? _______, _______, _______.
  • One non-Christian I can pray for to come to know Jesus: __________________.
Does anyone have any other suggestions? Again, the idea is to get us to 'listen' to God - what he's saying to us, what he is saying to our church, what he's saying or doing in our community... I think being missional has to start here before we can begin to think about what needs to be 'done.'