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  • Jason shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    A praying life isn’t simply a morning prayer time; it is about slipping into prayer at odd hours of the day, not because we are disciplined but because we are in touch with our own poverty of spirit, realizing that we can’t even walk through a mall or our neighborhood without the help of the Spirit of Jesus.
    Note: A praying life
  • Jason shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    If we think we can do life on our own, we will not take prayer seriously. Our failure to pray will always feel like something else—a lack of discipline or too many obligations. But when something is important to us, we make room for it. Prayer is simply not important to many Christians because Jesus is already an add-on. That is why, as we’ll see later, suffering is so important to the process of learning how to pray. It is God’s gift to us to show us what life is really like.
    Note: Prayer can not be an add-on
  • Jason shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    If we think we can do life on our own, we will not take prayer seriously. Our failure to pray will always feel like something else—a lack of discipline or too many obligations. But when something is important to us, we make room for it. Prayer is simply not important to many Christians because Jesus is already an add-on. That is why, as we’ll see later, suffering is so important to the process of learning how to pray. It is God’s gift to us to show us what life is really like.
  • Jason shared from Created for Community: Connecting Christian Belief with Christian Living (Bridgepoint Books) by Stanley J. Grenz
    Although membership procedures may have been less formalized in the New Testament than today, the early believers held inclusion in the church in high esteem. Rather than living as “lone-ranger” Christians, they saw themselves as persons who had been personally incorporated into a larger community (Acts 8:14-17; 18:24-27; Rom. 15:26—27). In fact, the idea of a self-sufficient, isolated Christian was inconceivable to Christ’s first-century disciples. In their understanding, the individual believer and the community were intertwined (1 Cor. 12:12-27).
    Note: Being a member of a local faith community is important for all Christians, and always has been. There are no Lone Ranger Christians.
  • Jason shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    When your mind starts wandering in prayer, be like a little child. Don’t worry about being organized or staying on task. Paul certainly wasn’t! Remember you are in conversation with a person. Instead of beating yourself up, learn to play again. Pray about what your mind is wandering to. Maybe it is something that is important to you. Maybe the Spirit is nudging you to think about something else.
    Note: Wandering mind during prayer -
  • Jason shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest” (Matthew 11:28, NASB). The criteria for coming to Jesus is weariness. Come overwhelmed with life. Come with your wandering mind. Come messy.
    Note: Criteria for coming to Jesus-
  • Jason shared from A Praying Life: Connecting With God In A Distracting World by Paul E. Miller
    A praying life feels like our family mealtimes because prayer is all about relationship. It’s intimate and hints at eternity. We don’t think about communication or words but about whom we are talking with. Prayer is simply the medium through which we experience and connect to God. Oddly enough, many people struggle to learn how to pray because they are focusing on praying, not on God.
    Note: Struggling with prayer? Focus on God not on praying.
(Lynnwood, WA United States)
Jason Deuman