Intimate Prayer celebrates the mysterious flow of love between God, you and others through prayer. Featured here are a variety of prayer styles which aim to direct your heart toward God.
"Prayer is the inner bath into which the soul plunges itself." - St. John Vianney
Adventure in Prayer
In 1983, long before the Prayer of Jabez, Ben Johnson invited us to experiment with "An Adventure in Prayer." Johnson claimed that in 30 days "you will become aware of God at a depth you've never known before." He relates how the experiment changed him - from dull living to a transformed person with new insight and feeling.
In 1983, long before the Prayer of Jabez, Ben Johnson invited us to experiment with "An Adventure in Prayer." Johnson claimed that in 30 days "you will become aware of God at a depth you've never known before." He relates how the experiment changed him - from dull living to a transformed person with new insight and feeling. And he does it all in a mere 27 pages.
He began by praying according to a pattern outlined by Dr. Robin Wainwright, professor of evangelism at Bethel Theological Seminary in St. Paul, Minnesota. This pattern praying for a few minutes morning and night in a quiet place. He didn't repeat a specific prayer, line for line, but used a prayer pattern - steps around which to weave his own thoughts and feelings as an offering to God.
Johnson discussed the benefits he gradually perceived from as he stayed faithful to this pattern of prayer. His attitude about life improved and he found himself expectant and observantly looking for God's work in his life. His awareness of God's presence increased, both during prayer time and in daily life. Johnson found that he listened compassionately to others and "strange providences of God began occurring in which [God] made me aware of persons he sent my way, persons for whom he wanted me to pray and to share a word of hope ..and there were those 'sychronistic events' usually labeled as 'coincidence,'.. but are seen as answers to prayer by the eyes of faith."
This Pattern of Prayer is outlined BELOW.
Ben Johnson goes on to discuss "the God whom we meet" - the God whom he encountered face to face during his prayer experiment. This God is a God who IS, who comes to us, who peruses us, loves us unconditionally, who wills and accomplishes his purposes for the world. Johnson announces that the longer he continued his prayer experiment, the stronger his desire to share the blessings of prayer and of knowing God with others. "The God whom you meet will so fill your life with meaning and joy, you will feel compelled to share with others what you know of His love."
At this point, his book parallels the premise in "The Prayer of Jabez" by describing how, through consistent prayer, God will use your life in ever-increasing and incomprehensible ways. Ben Johnson's approach differs from Wilkerson's in that these benefits are completely God-directed - not something we ask for or seek out.
Examples of reaching out to others are discussed including being present with them, listening deeply with eyes, ears and heart to their hungers and hurts and then helping them bridge the gap between God and themselves if they allow.
In the last pages, Johnson offers three journal questions for the end of each week of your month-long prayer experiment and suggests Bible verses for daily meditation.
If you want to start a journey into prayer without repeating rote phrases in order to deepen your relationship with God, become transformed by compassion and be able to draw others to Christ - try Ben Johnson's "Adventure in Prayer."
Take some moments each morning and evening for prayer. Don't treat it as "just another thing you need to add to your busy life." Think of it as time set aside for meeting your beloved and basking in His presence. It is an act of joyful worship, not of duty or obligation. Here is a brief synopsis of the pattern. But I highly recommend that you get the booklet for yourself.
Each Morning (for at least 15 minutes)
Throughout the day, carry a verse with you to reflect upon.
Every Evening (at least 5 minutes)
All Site Content (c) 2001 - 2008 Property of individual contributors. None of the material on this site may be copied in any form without written consent from the copyright holder.