Rediscovering Prayer

by Addison Bevere

June 30, 2024

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Death, Disappointment, and Prayer

Only goodness and steadfast love shall follow me all the days of my life.

— Psalm 23:6

I don’t know where today finds you, but it’s been a difficult week for me. We found out a few days ago that my wife’s dad is moving to hospice care. He’s battled cancer for months, but things took a hard turn these last several days, and the doctors are saying he doesn’t have much time with us. 

So, we rearranged schedules, renegotiated commitments, and jumped in our car to make the trek to Texas. With everything going on, I considered not sending a Sunday Entry but we’ve stopped in Little Rock, everyone’s sleeping peacefully, and I can offer something a bit different this week.

Response

Last Sunday I spoke at our local church, Church of the City, and I’d like to share the message with you. We’re in the middle of a series on Rest, and I was asked to teach on Psalm 116, with an emphasis on prayer. God gave me a four-part framework that, from what I hear, is already helping people move through the tensions that come with prayer, hope, death, and disappointment. We added the message to MessengerX, and you can access it by clicking here.

Closing Thoughts

It would mean a lot if you kept my family in your prayers this week. I know God is faithful, and we will eventually look back and see a trail of goodness and steadfast love behind us. But it can be hard to see those things when we’re walking through the shadows.

Praying with you,

Addison

P.S. If you’re new to this community or don’t have the Words with God book yet, just click here to get your copy (it’s available via book, eBook, and audiobook).

P.P.S. Here’s that link again to the message on Psalm 116. If you don’t have MessengerX yet, you’ll love how it offers lots of free resources.

Separator Words with God by Addison Bevere

P.S. If this prayer guide spoke to you, I’d highly recommend Steve’s new book Grieve, Breathe, Receive: Finding a Faith Strong Enough to Hold Us. You can get it here.

P.P.S. I don’t receive affiliate revenue or anything like that. I just like introducing you to people and books I believe in.

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

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We’re in the middle of a series on Rest, and I was asked to teach on Psalm 116, with an emphasis on prayer. God gave me a four-part framework that, from what I hear, is already helping people move through the tensions that come with prayer, hope, death, and disappointment.

Continue Reading →

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“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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