I recently completed a program called Freedom Session. At the end of the classes, each participant was gifted an Authentic Life Journal. I opened up the crisp pages to see where I could write my first entry and read these words:
“This journal will help you “capture” the personal communication you enjoy with Jesus Christ and the Holy Spirit…” (01)
Personal communication…hmm…that’s clever. I was intrigued.
Do I enjoy prayer? Do I enjoy my personal communication with Jesus and Holy Spirit? Or maybe I see it as more of a checklist of things I’m asking for or a duty I need to complete because I am a Christian?
What does it look like to enjoy prayer?
I was transported to my time in the spring when I visited Nepal and the experience of the precious moments of enjoyable prayer time with our teams. The Canadian team prayed “politely” - one at a time, someone started, a few piped up in between and the last designated person closed up the time. The Nepalese had a different style. A leader began and encouraged the group to all pray at the same time, out loud, in one voice and in one accord. We didn’t understand a single word, yet wept at the experience of the Holy Spirit visiting us so tangibly.
Why was the experience so different? By the end of our two-week trip, we could confess that we enjoyed prayer so much more than when we began. It wasn’t about if we were quiet or loud, or prayed at the same time or one by one. It was the exercise of learning to have a conversation openly, freely, honestly with our precious Father, in the name of our Savior and lean into his Holy Spirit for guidance.
Prayer is a choice. It is my portal to the heavenly realm to connect with the electric, life-giving power of the Creator and cultivate a relationship with him.
I need to talk to him. (Psalm 63:1-2)
I want to meditate on his word. (Deuteronomy 11:19, Deuteronomy 6:4-6)
My prayer is a response to this word, I will devote myself to pray. (Colossians 4:2)
I want to remain in awe of him. (Psalm 8)
I will choose to pray without ceasing, even when I don’t see immediate results, I will count my blessings and give thanks. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-17)
I will remind myself that “unless I develop a personal relationship with the Holy Spirit, God will feel distant.” (ken dyck, founder of Freedom Session)
I hope these words encourage you and breathe life into your conversation with the Holy Spirit.
For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3: 14-21)
 This program has impacted my life and my husband’s life in such a profound way. To find out more, or to host it at your church go to: https://freedomsession.com/
 To purchase your copy of Authentic Life Journal go to https://freedomsession.com/new-authentic-life-journal/
We will explore more on Prayer at our P3 retreat October 17-19, 2018. I hope you can come and join us as we explore the life giving gift or prayer as we lead. If you would like to register, please click HERE.
By Anne Miranda
Born and raised in Canada with a Lebanese heritage, Anne understands the challenges and beauty of being a first-generation Canadian. Anne is passionate about seeing the lives of women transformed by Jesus and loves encouraging others to reach their full potential as they advance the kingdom of God in their lives. She loves the Bible and is dedicated to training up women to be students of the scriptures as she directs the women’s ministry at Village Church in Surrey, British Columbia.
Anne and her husband Carlos have been married for eleven years and are parents to Nathaniel and Hannah. She enjoys walks on the beach, cheerleading really loud at her kids sporting events, and exploring new cafés