Rediscovering Prayer

by Addison Bevere

April 23, 2023

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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

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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 short prayer guide, offering words and practices that will help you see, hear, and experience more of God in your daily life. I’d love for you to join us.

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The Entries

It’s true that the good we are seeking doesn’t often come on our timetable, but Scripture tells us we can believe anything is possible because Jesus’s resurrection power brings certainty, a certainty that overcomes every fear, anxiety, and pain, including death.

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It took me a while to realize I was missing Paul’s big point. I wanted the peace—don’t we all!— but I didn’t want to actually release my cares, worries, or anxieties to God. Letting go felt risky and foolish. I wanted to hedge my bets.

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When you feel anxious or ill-equipped this week, pull out the paper and pray through these words, receiving them as your own. Take a few deep breaths as you ask the One who searches and knows all things to guide you forward.

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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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