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December 1, 2017

An Invitation to Prayer


It occurred to me this evening that I blogged everyday in December 2016 as I read through The Spirit of the Disciplines by Dallas Willard. Of course I pull a new book off my shelf to read tonight and God reminded me that today is December 1st. So I guess this is the first of thirty-one posts.

Some of you may know Richard J. Foster by his book The Celebration of Discipline. I'm reading  a book he authored Prayer: Finding the Heart's True Home. His intro contains a section entitled "Coming Home: An Invitation to Prayer." I wanted to just share a few excerpt which really stirred my heart.

Foster says "Today the heart of God is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to him. He weeps over our obsession with muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence." What a profound thought that God longs for our presence and our fellowship. We so easily forgot that he is calling us, inviting us to prayer. We approach prayer as a pious obligation or a lifeline when trouble comes our way. How little we experience the joy of communing with God? So often I bring my worries and cares to God looking for quick answers to life's problems. I've found that if I wait on the Lord, he gives me himself instead. He is the answer the human heart is seeking. He is our joy, our peace, and the complete fulfillment of our lives. He is the loving Father who runs to embrace us and restore us to our place as sons and daughters.

Foster goes on to say "For too long we have been in a far country: a country of noise and hurry and crowds, a country of climb and push and shove, a country of frustration and fear and intimidation. And he welcomes us home..." Our home is in the heart of God. I encourage you to join me this month in waiting on the Lord in times of prayer.

"O taste and see that the Lord is good" Psalms 34:8