Last year I wrote and submitted a book proposal with several UK and US publishers for a fresh book on prayer which is currently in the process of being edited and re-worked. It’s a book for millennial young people and young believers about radical prayer – so it’ll be fresh & original though I’m sure I’ll be brushing up on my semi-colon usage 😉
As part of the already-lengthy process of writing this book, I have found God weaving into the fabric of my daily thought-life two main things: firstly, the reality that, because He literally dwells in us by His Spirit, we are able to pray ‘on all occasions’ (Ephesians 6:18), meaning that we can pray when we’re about to stand up and do a presentation at work when we’re uber nervous, or when we’re about to have a difficult conversation with someone where conflict might occur, or when we feel prompted to go and chat to a stranger on the street to share the gospel. We can pray on all occasions. As Ann Vos Kamp says,
“Praying with eyes wide open is the only way to pray without ceasing”
Secondly, that, while this is true, Jesus shows us time and time again that prayer is supposed to be more of an al fresco, Continental, full-on, ten-course feast to savour (See Psalm 63) than it is a McDonald’s drive through for our convenience.
Yet spending lengthy, lingering, lonely, time with God in prayer is often as anti-intuitive and anti-cultural as it gets for us which should provoke and shock us deeply because prayer remains the most vital and urgent priority we can have for our health and fruitfulness – personally and as the church. We all need His grace to be the prayer-ers and lovers we should be to lead a lost generation into the heart’s true home.
That’s what God’s Green Room is about; that’s what I’ll be writing about and introducing in 2015. You can follow @GodsGreenRoom for updates and information and, seriously, please do drop ideas and thoughts including where I still haven’t understood semi-colon usage.