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Brief thoughts about everyday praying

Pastor Jon Huizenga 

Rise Up Church

Meeting in person Sundays at 10:00am 

Pine Ridge Bible Camp
8415 17 Mile Rd. Cedar Spring, MI
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Rise Up Church has been learning about prayer using a small book titled, Love to Pray by Alvin VanderGriend. I like it especially because it sees prayer as the talking part of an important love relationship—one’s relationship with God the Father, Son and Holy Spirit. In other parts of our lives, we talk using plain language in comfortable, uninhibited ways with persons we love. You can talk to God like that, too, and call that prayer.

In a conversation with the author about praying “on all occasions with all kinds of prayers,”* he shared with me a helpful picture. He thinks about praying upward, inward, and outward prayers. Upward ones are about God (like praise or thanks). Inward ones are about ourselves (like confessing or asking or committing). Outward ones are about the people and world around us. Here is a picture I drew after he described it to me:

The idea is not to fixate on covering all these bases. Rather, while you go about your day, the events of the day can prompt your conversation with God. A beautiful sunrise prompts telling God “nice work!” Behavior you regret prompts confessing and asking forgiveness. Seeing family, friends, coworkers, acquaintances or neighbors prompts a prayer for them. The language can be plain and the vibe can be comfortable.

While the idea is simple, you need help to do it. It is best to ask the Spirit of God to help you. Then, as you enter your day, you may sense God’s promptings and talk!

*Ephesians 6:18, “And pray in the spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayer and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people.”

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