Listening

One of the things I find helpful about praying in the car is that I am just talking to Daddy about what I think and asking what He thinks.

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I have a couple of places where I pray most comfortably on my own.  The first is in my car – driving to work and back is my place for space and reflection. The other is curled up with a cup of tea, with my Bible to hand when the house is empty (or at least everyone else is occupied or asleep!).

One of the things I find helpful about praying in the car is that I am just talking to Daddy about what I think and asking what He thinks.  I’m focused on driving, so I don’t have time to frame my thoughts in appropriate language and the scenery along the way is spectacular so it helps me keep perspective.  There’s no one else listening and my worship CDs (or sometimes the news) is filling up the silence – and I seem to be able to hear much more clearly somehow.

This morning I was talking to Him about the situation in the US – I’m not going to get into the politics or issues right now – and just wrestling with my thoughts and feelings, trying to understand what is really happening, and what I should be doing about it.  As I drove, I talked it through and by the time I got to work the confusion and agitation I had been feeling had lifted.  The realisation I came to finally was that no matter who is in government or what they are doing, my job first and foremost is to pray for them – not to argue or protest or shout and complain, but to pray.  Of course there is a time to act, but I don’t want to act without praying and seeking God’s direction – and His powerful arm.  Prayer is not a last resort or a good extra, it’s the starting point – and the middle point and the end point too.  That’s what the early church were told to do when facing some of the worst persecution.  I didn’t hear an audible voice, but I felt very clearly that my thinking was being directed along different lines, Bible verses (1Tim 2v1-4) and ideas came into my mind as I asked questions, until finally I came to a place of peace and trust in Father God.

Now I need to take what I have learned and put it into focused prayer – time to make that cup of tea….

Beginning to Pray

Since I was young I have been watching the news and hearing stories about the problems of people and nations around the world and I’ve wondered what I can do.  There are many practical things that we can get involved in but as someone called to pray and intercede, I believe the most powerful thing we can do is call on our Father and allow Him to stir our hearts and to join with Him in His tranformational work.

Over the years I’ve had the privellege to pray with many intercessors in local, national and international spheres.  The great thing about prayer, though, is that all Chrisitans can get involved.  It’s the Father’s power that makes the difference and the sincerity of our hearts when we pray “Your Kingdom come, Your will be done”.

This blog is my personal prayer journey.  I’ll be sharing my own prayers for global issues, my questions and thoughts, my understanding about prayer in a global context and any insights I feel Father gives me.

As I explore the call I feel to pray, as I respond in my heart and through prayer to the needs I see in the world around and as I step forward in listening to Father’s perspective and wisdom, I will share this journey with you in the hope that I can inspire you to join in with your own prayers.  Perhaps together we can be part of making a difference to this world that so desperately needs Heaven on earth.