I wrote this post for Eric Pfeiffer’s blog.
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In Part 1, I shared an experience I had praying for my church council.
The question for Part 2 is, practically speaking, how did I do it?
I did something that had been modeled for me.
First, I set aside time to pray. For me, it was an intentional activity. Then, I grabbed a pad of paper and a pencil and I used the Lord’s Prayer as a tool and discipline to help give me direction and focus.
Then, I prayed for each person individually, lifting them up, dwelling and abiding in Our Father.
What was this abiding like? It felt a lot like listening and listening again more intently as deeper connections were made. It was not so much thinking, but reflecting. As I listened, I received words – sentences (complete and incomplete), images, questions, words, feelings. I understood things in new and deeper ways. I experienced this as God communicating with me.
As these words came to me, I simply wrote them down. I didn’t interpret them. (In some cases, thanks to experiences I’ve shared with my council members, certain words connected with me in specific ways which prompted me to add comments or questions for individuals in parentheses).
Then, I shared the words with my council – each council member received everyone’s words. The words were individual, but not private. They were shared in community, as a word for one may speak to another as well. They are all for the building up of the Body of Christ.
I’m not sure many of my council members knew what to do with these words. This type of prayer experience is new for me and for us. But, it was clear that the words resonated with them. A couple people said, “I think I know what this means.” Another wanted to set aside time with me to pray. The council meeting themselves have been newly, and refreshingly, spirit-filled and life-giving (a council meeting!).
God knows them and now they know God knows them. Amen!