Sunday Entries

by Addison Bevere

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April 30, 2023

Prayer Is A Way Of Life

I pray that this Sunday finds you well.

If receiving this Sunday email on prayer is a new thing for you, then welcome. I’m glad I get to spend a few minutes with you.

Last week I mentioned that my life is being transformed as I realize prayer isn’t just another “thing” to do; it’s the thing that brings everything we do together.

This week I’d like to offer a thought on living in prayer, or prayer as a way of life.

I’m often asked, “How long should I pray for?”

The problem with this question, and any answer I may offer, is that it places boundaries on prayer, reducing it to something that starts and stops, making it a box that we check before we get on with our day.

But God’s design for prayer is too robust to fit into a transaction. Even the Lord’s Prayer is a framework, not a formula. (We’ll come back to this in the coming weeks.)

The truth is God wants to have words with you. And having words with him is less like starting the conversation and more like joining it. This is one of the reasons why Paul tells us to pray constantly—God desires constant communion with us (1 Thess. 5:17, Rom. 12:12).

As an early church father put it, “For we can only accept the saying ‘pray ceaselessly’ as realistic if we say that the whole life of the Saint is one mighty, integrated prayer.”

Response

Praying without ceasing is not a constant chore . . . it’s an invitation into a place of ongoing rest, a place where we recognize that the Lord is at hand, and we can and will face whatever lies before us.

Closing Thoughts

Next week, I think I’ll share a three-word prayer from Words with God that I use to center myself when fear or anxiety chase my peace away.

For now, as you move into this week, remember that prayer is more about joining the conversation than starting it. In both silence and sound, God has words for you.

Until next Sunday,

Addison

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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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