Rediscovering Prayer

by Addison Bevere

December 3, 2023

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere
Don’t Miss the Miracle

“Those who dwelt in a land of deep darkness,
on them has light shone.”

—Isaiah 9:2

It’s hard to believe we’re already in Advent season—our annual reminder that the Divine took on flesh and dwelt among us. The miracle that God, in His grace, stooped to rescue us, offering deliverance from the dis-ease that unmakes our minds, bodies, souls, and relationships.

But here’s the thing about miracles, they’re often missed. Even the miracle of Christ’s coming was witnessed by only a young couple, a few shepherds, and some farm animals. The busyness of Bethlehem left little room for people to stop and notice what God was doing among them.

David’s descendants were likely whispering about a promised king, a messiah who would deliver them from an oppressive tyrant who was rather fond of counting people. Bethlehem was, after all, the city of David, a city of promise.

For those with the courage to look beyond their cares and into the heavens, a star was placed above them—evidence of the hidden miracle in their midst. But the minutiae of their oppression, the details of their detainment, kept most of them from participating in the wonder of their deliverance.

Miracles are easily missed.

That is why we must prayerfully remember the stories of God moving among us. As we allow the Spirit to reframe our past, we’ll see that God was always with us in those in-between, ordinary moments. When it comes to the miraculous, God does his best work in the dirt.

Response

Whether we see it or not, you and I are living in an answered prayer, walking in the wake of the miraculous.

I ask you, what miracle are you not seeing today? How has the busyness and frantic inaction of your world kept you from resting in the towering permanence of Advent?

Closing Thoughts

In this Christmas season, let’s be those who live with active patience, lifting our eyes and steadying our hearts so we can be faithful with our hands. Through grace we can see every mundane responsibility, such as the upkeep of a stable, as meaningful to the purposes of God.

The miracle has already begun—the promise of Immanuel is both here and there, now and then, energizing every step of our journey.

 . . . salvation has come . . . salvation is coming.

Lifting my eyes with you,

Addison

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere

P.S. The word on the street is that the Words with God book would make a pretty great Christmas gift, for you or someone else. You can get it at Amazon, the Messenger store, or wherever you get your books. (I do know that it’s significantly discounted through both Amazon and Messenger.)

P.P.S. I’m thrilled to tell you that there’s a six-session (free) course on prayer as a way of life that’ll be available January 1! More to come on that soon.

Sunday Entries

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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