Sunday Entries

by Addison Bevere

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere

April 23, 2023

Prayer Isn’t Just Another “Thing To Do”

I pray that this evening finds you well.

I first want to express my gratitude that you would welcome me into your inbox. There are limits to time and a lot of messages to read, so I don’t take it lightly that we get to share a few minutes together.

Going forward, I will do my best to send a note each Sunday evening on how having words with God reshapes every bit of our lives.

My life is being transformed as I realize prayer isn’t just another “thing” to do; it’s the thing that brings everything that we do together—and I want to include you on this journey.

Unfortunately, prayer is often left in the proverbial box, reduced to a transaction that leaves us lacking. My hope is that these Sunday emails will help us open the conversation so we can be grounded, strengthened, and prepared for whatever the week may hold.

My promise to you is that I will be prayerful as I draft these messages. I also plan to invite other trusted voices into the conversation, fellow travelers who can offer words, prayers, frameworks, practices, and resources to aid us as we journey into God’s heart for us and our world. 

There’s a quote from E.M. Bounds that’s been my companion for a while and as we come to the end of this time together, I’d like to share his words with you. 

“God gives himself to the praying ones.”

Striking right? This week, I want to challenge you to carry these words with you and ask yourself, What does it mean for God to give himself to me? As I move into Monday, how can I receive the gift of Him through living in prayer?

More to come on the thought of “living in prayer” next week. 

 

Until next Sunday,

Addison

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere

P.S. In case you haven’t picked it up yet, Words with God: Trading Boring, Empty Prayer for Real Connection is now available. If you don’t have it, I’m sure there’s a book somewhere that’s waiting to be yours. (Available as an ebook + book + audiobook)

 

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On most Sundays, I share a few words on prayer as a way of life, words that help us open the conversation so we can see, hear, and experience more of God in our daily lives. I’d love for you to join the conversation.

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The Entries

When it comes to prayer, are you quick to hear and slow to speak? Do you just fire off a bunch of words in God’s direction and move onto whatever’s next? I know I have a bend toward such prayers. That’s why I want to remind us today that prayer is less about performance—i.e., getting the words right—and more about a surrendered awareness that only comes with a listening posture.

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As we lay down our self-sufficiency, taking our focus off ourselves, we become more grounded in God’s Omni-Nature, finding eyes to see that the whole earth is full of His glory (and that even includes us, His “very good” work). The holiness of God invites us to see Him in the wholeness of creation, for the Eternal One is indeed the Source of all goodness, truth, and beauty.

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Are there areas in your life where you feel held back and need a breakthrough, a sudden advance beyond or through an obstacle?

God doesn’t need perfect words but he does need you to participate. Our imperfect prayers and cries will, in the most surprising of ways, open us up to the miraculous work that He’s doing in us.

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06.11.23

“I’ve been thinking a lot about circles lately. So much of life is defined by circles—our days, week, months, and years form circles for us to move in and through. We’re constantly reminded that the end of a thing has a way of taking us back to a beginning. It would seem the cosmos announces the Circle as God’s shape of choice…”

Addison Bevere is the COO of Messenger International, a ministry founded by John and Lisa Bevere in 1990 that exists to develop uncompromising followers of Christ who transform our world. Messenger is dedicated to providing people with access to life-transforming messages regardless of their location, language, or financial position.

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Addison Bevere

Husband, father, author, poet, speaker & follower of Christ

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Addison Bevere

Husband, father, author, poet, speaker & follower of Christ

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