For the past few months, I've been wrestling with encountering God through my prayerfulness. Some might characterize my season in life as the dark night of the soul. Back in December, our disciplemaking friends Dave & Rennie Garda gave us a book (The Voice of Jesus: Discernment, Prayer and the Witness of the Spirit). I cannot thank them enough for this treasure. In many ways, the Holy Spirit has been using this book, along WITH friends, to help me navigate this season in my life and ministry. Since one of my intentional Kavanah practices is prayerfulness about everything, this book has rocked my world–in good ways, some days I wouldn't say that. LOL. The Holy Spirit along with my wife Sandy, ministry partner and friend Scott, and our spiritual family (Spirit of Christ Church) have been helping me mature in prayerfulness. I cannot thank them enough. Prayerfulness about everything is maturing me in at least three ways: my character (mostly humility), my trust in God and helping me move into uncharted waters with loving God and loving people, especially my familty.
I leave you with this: "The ultimate goal of our prayer is not that we enjoy a good feeling but that we would mature in humility, advance in faith, hope and love and grow in our capacity to love God and love our neighbor as ourselves. This comes not by an act of our will but by an encounter with God himself." –Gordon T. Smith, The Voice of Jesus, p. 179