Here goes our adventure into prayer. So what is more natural than to start by saying that prayer is an adventure. It is not just any adventure, but one into more of God.
For everyone prayer is a journey. I shall share some of my prayer journey, my prayer adventure, in this post. Why because you may be able to connect with my story in this post, and it will help you all to get to know me a bit better.
My prayer adventure started as a child, like most children I was taught to pray with hands together and eyes closed, prayer was a formality there was nothing real about it. Now here’s a thought, to pray with hands together and eyes closed is not in the Bible at all, so should we pray like that or teach our children to pray like that? I’ll look at that more in another post sometime!
When I was at university, I started being interested in the things of God, I thought I was a Christian because I had nominally been brought up that way, but in fact I wasn’t. Prayer was interesting, I prayed formally in chapel and less formally in the Anglican Christian Union, then I started going along to NCCF (New College Christian Fellowship) and here I experienced prayer that really connected with God for the first time, this had me extremely interested!
When one of my friends asked me if I would like to go to a half-night of prayer they were having, I jumped at it! Here there was prayer, worship and some teaching all combined. People prayed in different ways for different things, including praying out loud together (all at the same time) in tongues or English. This spoke to me, I knew that their unknown languages were from God, and that their prayer in general that evening was somehow connecting with God in a big way.
I became a Christian when I was baptised in the Holy Spirit like Cornelius in Acts 10, now prayer became real to me, as it was based in a relationship with God. I got things wrong at times, but I also saw prayer answered as we prayed together for people to be healed of things, and they were healed.
I soon got involved in a church prayer meetings, prayer meetings with para-church organisations, and spent time praying alone with God. I read books on prayer which I brought from Canaan bookshop where I was working on Saturdays.
Some of the books I read included,
- Rees Howells, Intercessor, Norman Grubb;
- Learning the Joy of Prayer, Larry Lee;
- Prayer the Key to Revival, Paul Yonggi Cho.
I went to a prayer conference in 1991 (I think) praying for London as a financial centre for it to be shaken which it has been substantially since then. On the second day we prayer walked, the group I was in for the Bank of England, and we prayed for finance to be released for the Kingdom of God, and God gave a sign to us (a 5p piece) that he would.
After university, I got married and life and prayer continued, sometimes prayer was easy and sometimes it was hard. But about 2001 I fell in and for quite some time all my prayer were tears and asking the question ‘Why?’, which I never got an answer for, but despite that I held onto one thing. That God would never abandon mr like the Father had to abandon Jesus on the cross and turn his face away because of my sin. God healed me over about 1 1/2 years after I was given a prophetic word that he would heal me.
Since then God has grown me a great deal, to where I am now. I fought with him in prayer like Jacob at the ford of the Jabbok (see Day 4. Practice – Wrestling With God – When Intimacy Gets Personal).
Where am I now? God is calling me to lead prayer, and to grow churches in prayer, both in its depth and breadth, and helping to restore prayer to the place it should have in this land. Why? To see revival and this nation restored to God! To God alone be the glory! Amen!
What is your prayer journey like? Do you see it as an adventure? I would love to hear your thoughts.