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A Praying Life
 November 11, 2022

"Hear my cry for help, my King and my God, for to you I pray."
Psalm 5:2 (NIV)

Dear Friends and Family,

When life is pressing in on you, what does your prayer life tend to look like?  

If you're like me, sometimes prayer can be painfully laborious, perhaps confusing and inconvenient and surely, at times, it can seem like what's the point


"Oddly enough, many people struggle to learn how to pray because they are focusing on praying, not on God." 
Living a Praying Life

When I am like this, I prove not only my weakness and my need for Jesus, but just how helpless I am to even come to him as he wants me to come to him

I want to strongly recommend a book to you by Paul Miller, A Praying Life.


I was gently reminded of how busy my heart can be; how proud and presumptuous I am prone to be; how impatient; anxious and even,  at times, how unkind I can be in my spirit towards those I pray for.

The truth is, sometimes it's hard to be honest with others and even with God.  But an honest word is a like on the lips (Proverbs 24:26 NIV)

One question the Holy Spirit pressed in on me lately: What kinds of prayers do I pray that I automatically assume He will not answer?  

This question speaks to the heart of my own motivations in my prayers as well as the degree of faith I have in bringing my prayers to the throne of grace (or should I say, lack of faith).


A Few Quotes


Another way this book touched me these last few weeks is by the way it reminded me of how little control I have over my life.

That tenuous term we throw around a lot...calling...well, it doesn't carry as much weight to it as I often want it to hold.

In fact, I will have more to say on this in my next Canon City Chronicles, but needless to say, you can pray for me as I continue to work through my seminary studies.  Though the academic portion is moderately manageable, the Lord is working in me in unexpected ways this fall. 

Please enjoy a brief excerpt below relating to prayer and how the Resurrection of Christ shapes them.  It comes from my piece, Life After Resurrection, Pt 2

May the Lord keep you and bless you this week. 

Looking to the risen Christ

Define The New Prayer For Your Soul

(Excerpt from Life After Resurrection, Pt 2)

And this is my prayer: that your love may abound more and more in knowledge and depth of insight,

Philippians 1:9 (NIV)

This is Paul’s prayer…what is your prayer?

At the end of many counseling sessions, I try to make use of our momentum by pointing even further to Father through prayer.  But not just any prayer per se.  When we’ve waded through the hardships of life, and we can finally see glimmers of hope taking shape where the future is not as gloomy as it initially seemed, a new prayer for the soul begins to emerge. 

When our friends are engaged in true soul care, our prayers ought to be different than when we started.  They are different because the Spirit who was at work in our friend to lift us up in our need causes us to see Christ anew.  

Rather than seeing Christ’s resurrection as a mere theological truth we confess, it becomes renewed invigoration for life, purpose, meaning and hope. 

When we see the risen Christ as he is meant to be seen, no amount of suffering can infiltrate our joy. 


With joy stirring in us like never before, we formulate new ways of thinking about our pain and hardship.  We consider them differently.  We’re able to regard them as merely sitting in the shadow of the Cross and then completely engulfed by the power of a resurrected Savior.  

Suddenly, a more refined prayer emerges from the purifying and sanctifying work of the Spirit.  In these moments we see anew both our sin and God’s grace.  The greater our awareness of God’s grace inevitably proves our awareness of our sin, brokenness and the myriad of weaknesses inherent in the flesh. 

When this occurs, we can’t help but pray for more of this.  When this occurs we learn to pray less and less, God take away my pain but more and more, God thank you, help me worship you no matter the pain

Please consider sharing this with someone ✉️
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