Category Archives: Meditation

Online class–Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet

Join me for an online class on prayer!

I teach an online  course based on my book, Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet, for BeADisciple.com–a great online site affiliated with Southwestern College that offers a variety of Christian classes for pastors, lay leaders and all who want to go deeper with the Lord.

 

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New online class: Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet!

How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life!

Next Monday, July 10th, I will begin teaching another 5-week session online  at BeADisciple.com. Work at your own pace during the week and then come join us for lots of discussion and fellowship on the Discussion Board! (Find the online course by clicking on the BeADisciple.com link.)

 Use this summer to go deeper in prayer. This course is based on a book by the same title and is taught by the author Sandra Chambers. In her book, Sandra shares her own struggles and victories as she has sought to overcome boredom in prayer and answer the question: “If prayer is so important, why is it so hard?” During this five-week study, participants will examine their own prayer life and be challenged to see and experience prayer in some new ways. Emphasis is on putting into practice what you are learning about prayer.

Geared for those new to prayer as well as seasoned prayer warriors, this course helps students to (1) understand why God gave us prayer, (2) discover their personal prayer sphere and their personal prayer passions, (3) use scriptures to form prayers and prayer declarations, (4) troubleshoot when their prayer life is offline and (5) explore related topics to prayer such as spiritual warfare and fasting.

Students will need to purchase a copy of the book Lord, It’s Boring in My Prayer Closet (How to Revitalize Your Prayer Life) by Sandra Chambers, and available at Amazon.com. The print copy of this book is recommended over the Kindle version.

AMAZON LINK: http://a.co/g7pFb

 

 

Praying God-Inspired Prayers

Bible and cup of coffeeOften our prayer time can feel more like a burden than a joy. In fact, it can be downright boring! Perhaps it’s because we’re going to God with our grocery list of needs and wants instead of listening to what God wants us to pray.

Joyce Meyer, in her book Hearing from God Each Morning says:

I think one of the reasons we sometimes feel unfulfilled in prayer or sense that we are not finished praying about a matter is that we spend so much time just praying our prayers. But—there is a better, higher, more effective way to pray: praying God’s prayers. To be honest with you, if I am praying my prayer, I can pray about something for fifteen minutes and still feel unfinished; but if I am being led by the Holy Spirit and praying God’s prayer, I can pray two sentences and feel completely satisfied.

One way we can learn to pray God-inspired prayers by using His Word to pray for ourselves and others, thus knowing we are praying in His will. I have used what I call “tweet prayers” which are scriptures or a combination of scriptures that are short and to the point.

(To download some examples, just click on the Free Download of Scripture Prayers From Book—under the picture of my book in the righthand column. The scriptures are listed by topics such as Healing, Trouble & Protection, Our Children, etc.)

God-inspired prayers bring life to our spirits and never become boring because the Holy Spirit breathes life into them. Give them a try this week in your prayer time.

 

 

Using Focus Words

mediation scripture
I will meditate on your precepts and fix my eyes on your ways (Psalm 119:15 ESV)

While meditation is a tenant of Eastern religions, Christianity also embraces the practice. The difference is the “goal” of meditation. We’re not seeking to blend our minds and souls into some cosmic force. Instead, God instructs us to meditate on his Word in order to become more like Him.

Getting still enough to meditate is difficult for most people given our distractions and hurried lifestyle. It’s also difficult “not” to think about something as we try to quiet our minds and hearts. Recently, I’ve experimented with a practice I call “Focus Words” in my daily quiet time. Continue reading