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Monday, February 4, 2013

You Are My Breath: The Prayer Side of Devotion

You Are My Breath: The Prayer SidePart of my quiet time story is the breakthrough of realizing that “prayer” is about relationship with God. It is first and foremost about being connected with Him.

This is how I breathe the breath of God. This is how I connect with my Maker. This is how I pray.






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You Are My Breath: The Prayer Side of Devotion


By Evan Nehring


Part of my QT story is the breakthrough of realizing that “prayer” is about relationship with God. It is first and foremost about being connected with Him. Here are some of the ways I feel a connection with my Creator.
 

Prayer Lists/Intercession

One of the actions we take in prayer is to intercede for others and to make our own requests known to God, but that is only one of the actions. Intercession is the hard work of prayer. Relationship with God, in all of its variety, is the reward.

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In his journal, Gordon MacDonald focused his efforts by writing at the top of the page: “Does my prayer list reflect the people and programs to which I am most committed?”[1] Prayer lists shouldn’t be a collection of spiritual trivia. Everyone else’s problems should not take the place of your God-given responsibilities and relationships. When we intercede, we need to keep in mind who and what are most important in our lives.
 

Requests/answers

Keep a journal of prayer requests and write in dates when they are answered.
 

Prayer Walks

I’ve never fallen asleep while walking, but I can’t say the same for sitting or kneeling.
 

Singing to God/Personal Worship

The simplest approach is just to put some worship music on your stereo or headset, and then…worship!
 

Spiritual Warfare/Fasting

Fasting is more than just intercession with a growling stomach. Fasting brings intensity to all aspects of our relationship with God. Arthur Wallis’ classic, God’s Chosen Fast[2], is a great little paperback covering the spiritual and physical dynamics of fasting.
 

Journaling

Hearing God’s voice – When we are certain that God has spoken to us and there’s no doubt--whether it’s from His Word, through a messenger or directly to us--if we do not act in a timely, responsible and thorough manner, then we are wrong to expect God to speak directly to us again.
 
Sorting things out – Many times it’s easier to sort things out on paper than to sort them out in your mind.
 
Big picture days –A walk in the woods, on the mountain, or along the river is a wonderful place to slow down and ask the big questions of life.
 

This is how I breathe the breath of God. This is how I connect with my Maker. This is how I pray.

Devotion, in the sense of quiet time, is about the prayer side and the Word side.

 

[1] Gordon MacDonald. Ordering Your Private World (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson, 1985), 135.
[2] Arthur Wallis. God’s Chosen Fast (Washington, PA: Christian Literature Crusade, 1984)


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