“What if He knows prayer to be the thing we need
first and most? What if the main object in God’s idea of
prayer be the supplying of our great, our endless need — the
need of Himself?”
… George MacDonald (1824-1905), “The Word of Jesus on Prayer”
Each month at The Village Chapel we place a special emphasis on one of the
classic spiritual disciplines. In previous months we’ve looked at
Confession, Fasting, Study and Meditation, Solitude and Silence,
Celebration, Serving, and Worship. This month our spiritual discipline focus is on Prayer.
Corrie Ten Boom
asked the convicting question, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare
tire?” For many of us, all too often our prayer life is reduced to praying
“crisis” prayers or “prayer request” prayers. And while God does promise to
hear our cries for mercy, I’m learning there is so much more to prayer than
just presenting my screams for help or my list of “Things to do Today” to
It is true that in prayer we communicate with God, but as we go deeper in
prayer, we can move from merely communicating with God to communing with
God. Maybe that’s what George MacDonald and Corrie Ten Boom had in mind in
the quotes above. This will require discipline, focus, and willingness. But
the spiritual intimacy of Communing prayer becomes a drink of fresh water to
the thirsty soul. I hope you will carve out some time each day and evening
to pray and commune with the Lord. Make it a habit of your heart to draw
near to the Lord and watch Him draw near to you!
Jim Thomas, Pastor
The Village Chapel
Rethinking Church: New Forms for Ancient Truths
“Our calling and purpose as followers of Christ is to love God completely,
to love self correctly, and to love others compassionately.” — Kenneth Boa


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