Heeeyy, the sun was coming up at 6:30 this morning! But it’s a cold, cold sun here today, with a wind chill of minus 37 Celsius (that’s around minus 25 F)! We’ve been having quite the Real Winter, with lots of snow and cold–lots of opportunities to both ski, and stay inside by the fire! I just noticed though, that the temps are going up a bit next week. Warmer weather WILL come eventually. In fact, nothing can stop Spring from coming, then Summer, etc.
Last night at Small Group, we were missing our leaders, so the plan was just to spend some time in prayer rather than do the study questions. A few of us weren’t sure what to think of that, but it turned out to be an amazing evening!
- We got to know one couple better, since we met in their home. Turns out they live about 7 minutes away from us.
- The lady of the house had actually laid out a plan for the prayer time, which involved practising one of the suggestions from Sunday’s sermon: pray scripture. This is where you take a verse or two, and personalize it for your own, and actually pray it. Most of us had not tried this before, and it was a wonderful “hands on” learning experience. It was also a way to include “both wings of the airplane”: prayer and scripture.
- There were one or two Brand New Christians there last night, and they helped to set such a fantastic atmosphere of transparency and acceptance!
- As we heard of some of the backgrounds of people (referred to simply in passing conversation), your heart could break… and yet there was an obvious sense of peace, and even joy, in spite of that. (Add in here a mix of wisdom and sensitivity.)
- How wonderful that we, being so diverse in background, found such a solid connection with each other! That’s what Jesus does.
“The world is full of so-called prayer warriors who are prayer-ignorant. They’re full of formulas and programs and advice, peddling techniques for getting what you want from God. Don’t fall for that nonsense. This is your Father you are dealing with, and he knows better than you what you need.” (Matthew 6:7-8) In other words, it doesn’t matter how you talk to him/what you say–he understands!
(Of course, the “formulas” and “advice” we received in the sermon, were just suggestions to help us keep focused when we pray.)
Help us to start by recognizing who You really are–Father, Saviour…