Coming home: an invitation to prayer
A Prayer Practice Course
Deep in our hearts we long to know God. We long for deeper communion with Him, because that’s what we were created for.
Richard Foster writes: “Today God’s heart is an open wound of love. He aches over our distance and our preoccupation. He mourns that we do not draw near to Him. He grieves that we have forgotten him. He weeps over our obsession with our muchness and manyness. He longs for our presence. And he is inviting you – and me – to come home, to come home to where we belong, to come home to that for which we were created. His arms are stretched out wide to receive us. His heart is enlarged to take us in.
For too long we have been in a far country: a country of noise and hurry and crowds, a country of climb and push and shove, a country of frustration and fear and intimidation. And He welcomes us home, home to serenity and peace and joy, home to friendship and fellowship and openness, home to intimacy and acceptance and affirmation…where we can be naked and vulnerable and free. It is the place of deepest intimacy where we know and are known to the full.
The key to this home, this heart of God is prayer.
Perhaps you have never prayed before except in anguish and terror… Perhaps you do not believe in prayer. You may have tried to pray and been profoundly disappointed…and disillusioned. you seem to have little faith or none…Perhaps you are bruised and broken by the pressures of life… Perhaps you have prayed for many years, but the words have grown brittle and cold…Perhaps prayer is the delight of your life…but you long for more. For all of us the Father’s heart is open wide – you are welcome to come in. If the key is prayer, the door is Jesus Christ. How good God is to give us a way into His heart.” – Adapted from Richard Foster in Prayer
“Coming home: An invitation to prayer” will invite us into spaces of reflection, prayer and sharing around different aspects of prayer :
- Prayer as friendship with Jesus
- Entering into the quiet place with God
- The Holy Spirit and prayer
- What does it mean to have faith in prayer?
- How do we ask?
- How do we listen?
10 & 17 June 2014 (Tuesday evenings)
18:30 – 21:00 | R100 pp | by Karen Krige
Church Office, Herold Street 15
Registration is essential by Monday, 9 June.