Too often, our prayers become tired reflections of our cultural Christianity. Trapped by the staleness of our own experience, we learn to expect little of the omnipotent creator of the universe. Secure in what we have, we dare not hope for more – we become prisoners in the ruts of what we know.
Field trips of all sorts can help us out of our ruts. We don’t need to travel overseas to see that prayer works; a trip across the city may be all the refreshment that we sometimes need.
Christians everywhere are learning the truth of Jeremiah 29:13, “You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.” A common pattern in discovering new depths in prayer often looks like this: An initial desire to know God in a deeper way leads to a greater depth of worship, which leads to repentance, which leads to restoration and intimacy, which leads to power in prayer.
In many parts of the world, the Church is growing faster than ever before in its history. Christianity around the world is growing at three times the rate of the general population. There are now more Christians in Russia and there are more Christians in India than there are in the U.S.
We are seeing an explosion of interest in prayer. The books finding their way into print are just the tip of the iceberg. Many new initiatives that span denominational boundaries are springing up, among them:
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I'm motivated to join God in his global reclamation project. He's on the move, setting his sons and daughters free from their places of captivity. And he's partnering with those of us who have been freed to go and free others.