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House of mirrors = our prayer experience

By Dave Henning / July 28, 2021

“Our experience of prayer is often like a house of mirrors, reflecting our hearts back to us in all sorts of broken and inaccurate ways.  We can pray for decades without recognizing how those mirrors blind us to the truth. . . .  Prayers can be messy.  For those of us who grew up in […]

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Honesty about sin and brokenness

By Dave Henning / July 27, 2021

“Honesty about sin and brokenness is not justifying them or somehow accepting them as good.  The opposite is true.  Ignoring these things or condemning our sin and moving on is a failure to take them seriously.  . . .  Honesty in prayer is a rejection of dishonesty, or a lack of transparency, in prayer.”- Kyle […]

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A mirror to reflect our goodness – prayer?

By Dave Henning / July 26, 2021

“By our trying to clean ourselves up and do the work that God alone can do, prayer is put in service of our need to feel good about our spiritual life.  If we go to prayer looking for a mirror to reflect our goodness back to us, prayer will never be a life-giving place of […]

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Prayer book of the church – the Psalms

By Dave Henning / July 25, 2021

“The Psalms are the church’s prayer book [because] . . . they are the prayers of the people of God that find their fullest meaning in Christ’s own praying of them.  We now pray these in Christ and in the name of Christ, and in him those prayers can become our own. . . .  […]

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The pause button in prayer – hit it?

By Dave Henning / July 24, 2021

“As we unearth the real desires of our hearts, we begin to see our assumptions about God, and we see more clearly who we really are. . . .  If God is who he has proclaimed himself to be and ushers us into the prayers of the Son and the Spirit, then there is never […]

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Expectations matter when it comes to God

By Dave Henning / July 23, 2021

“When it comes to God, our expectations matter even more.  Our assumptions about who he is, who were are in relationship to him, and what kinds of things he will and won’t do deeply shape our lives with him. . . .  we need to attend to our expectations in prayer.  We have to wrestle […]

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Greater than our hearts – God

By Dave Henning / July 22, 2021

“[The apostle] John reminds us that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything.  God is greater.  God knows.  Too often our sin and brokenness convince us that the places of our healing and help are dangerous and are the very places to avoid.  But God is greater.  Come to him.”- Kyle Strobel […]

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The Christian life in miniature – prayer

By Dave Henning / July 21, 2021

“As the Christian life in miniature, prayer should flow naturally out of the good news of our salvation.  In faith, we trust that prayer is not something we have to create or somehow generate on our own but something we enter into by grace.”- Kyle Strobel In Chapter 2 (“What If Prayer Can Be a […]

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Wandering mind = opportunity to pray

By Dave Henning / July 20, 2021

“Instead of seeing a wandering mind as a failure to pray as we ought, we should see this as an opportunity to pray about the deep longings of our souls. . . .  Our call is to bring this to the Lord, who meets us in the truth about ourselves as ones who need grace […]

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Distractions during prayer – the cause

By Dave Henning / July 18, 2021

“People often complain of ‘distractions’ during prayer.  This is nearly always due to praying for something you do not want; you just think it would be proper and respectable and ‘religious’ to want it.”- Herbert McCabe OP In Chapter 1 (“What If a Wandering Mind Is a Gift?”) of Where Prayer Becomes Real, Kyle Strobel […]

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Deep prayer – from our heart’s honest place

By Dave Henning / July 17, 2021

“Deep prayer is prayer in the truth of what is going on in our lives.  That means we are called to pray from that honest place in our hearts that each of us knows but only visits when something (usually) beyond our control awakens us to these realities.  It is in that honest place with […]

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An invitation to embrace God’s love

By Dave Henning / July 16, 2021

“[Where Prayer Becomes Real] is an invitation to embrace God’s love in the truth of who you really are.  Embracing God’s love is allowing that love to guide you in prayer and trusting that even though you don’t know how to pray as you ought, God knows and understands.”- Kyle Strobel and John Coe “Likewise […]

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