Recommendations for Further Reading: Prayer

Over the past two years, our missional community has discussed several books, including The Practice of the Presence of God  (Brother Andrew),  Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World (Henri Nouwen) and Road to Reality: Coming Home to Jesus (K.P. Yohannon), all focused on being in God’s presence and being led by God on mission. If there is a common thread through these saints’ writings, it is prayer. They all insist that prayer is the door to God’s presence, and we, as believers, cannot hope to be successful in any type of mission without an intimate connection to God. Continue reading “Recommendations for Further Reading: Prayer”

When We Started Asking God: Praying for a Missional Community

When we started asking God for connections with specific neighbors, He answered in big ways. Neighbors became friends quickly, and soon thereafter real conversations started taking place.

I recently led a devotional on prayer for my church, and opened the discussion with Luke 10:1-2:

After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.’

As Jesus was sending missionaries ahead of him, planting the seeds for eventual visits of his own, he instructed his servants to pray for more laborers. They were to pray for more missionaries, like themselves. Christ told these followers to pray that the harvest would indeed be plentiful, that people would come to Jesus, and that they (the new members of God’s family) would, in turn, make more disciples. Continue reading “When We Started Asking God: Praying for a Missional Community”