This week our church small group leaders met to think about improving prayer in the life of our groups. I thought I’d write down all the ideas we came up with while they’re fresh in my mind. These will be good for group leaders, but probably helpful for group members as well.
No Christian I know, myself included, finds prayer easy. We struggle with distraction, lack of motivation and lack of conviction about the value of prayer. We need constant encouragement to keep praying and grow as pray-ers. Which is why I was so pleased find this book by Tim Chester: You Can Pray.
Smartphones are great. I use mine for all sorts of things and can barely remember looking at a physical map or using a camera with film. However, we’re all aware of the intrusive nature of our phones. Here’s a function I’ve discovered recently and that I think we need to use more:
Many Christians believe in the value of prayer but not so much the effectiveness of prayer. We think it’s good to do, and good for us, but that it doesn’t make much of a difference to the future (since “God will do what he wants anyway”). And so we don’t pray.
But is that right? What if we’re getting it wrong? What if the Bible told us that prayer really was effective?