A letter from your Father

My Child,

You may not know me, but I know everything about you. (Psalm 139:1) I know when you sit down and when you rise up. (Psalm 139:2) I am familiar with all your ways. (Psalm 139:3) Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. (Matthew 10:29-31) For you were made in my image. (Genesis 1:27) In me you live and move and have your being. (Acts 17:28) For you are my offspring. (Acts 17:28) I knew you even before you were conceived. (Jeremiah 1:4-5) I chose you when I planned creation. (Ephesians 1:11-12) You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in my book. (Psalm 139:15-16) I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. (Acts 17:26) You are fearfully and wonderfully made. (Psalm 139:14) I knit you together in your mother’s womb. (Psalm 139:13) And brought you forth on the day you were born. (Psalm 71:6) I have been misrepresented by those who don’t know me. (John 8:41-44) I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. (1 John 4:16) And it is my desire to lavish my love on you. (1 John 3:1) Simply because you are my child and I am your Father. (1 John 3:1) I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. (Matthew 7:11) For I am the perfect father. (Matthew 5:48) Every good gift that you receive comes from my hand. (James 1:17) For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. (Matthew 6:31-33) My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. (Jeremiah 29:11) Because I love you with an everlasting love. (Jeremiah 31:3) My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. (Psalm 139:17-18) And I rejoice over you with singing. (Zephaniah 3:17) I will never stop doing good to you. (Jeremiah 32:40) For you are my treasured possession. (Exodus 19:5) I desire to establish you with all my heart and all my soul. (Jeremiah 32:41) And I want to show you great and marvelous things. (Jeremiah 33:3) If you seek me with all your heart, you will find me. (Deuteronomy 4:29) Delight in me and I will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4) For it is I who gave you those desires. (Philippians 2:13) I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. (Ephesians 3:20) For I am your greatest encourager. (2 Thessalonians 2:16-17) I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. (2 Corinthians 1:3-4) When you are broken-hearted, I am close to you. (Psalm 34:18) As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to my heart. (Isaiah 40:11) One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. (Revelation 21:3-4) And I’ll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. (Revelation 21:3-4) I am your Father, and I love you even as I love my son, Jesus. (John 17:23) For in Jesus, my love for you is revealed. (John 17:26) He is the exact representation of my being. (Hebrews 1:3) He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. (Romans 8:31) And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. (2 Corinthians 5:18-19) His death was the ultimate expression of my love for you. (1 John 4:10) I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. (Romans 8:31-32) If you receive the gift of my son Jesus, you receive me. (1 John 2:23) And nothing will ever separate you from my love again. (Romans 8:38-39) Come home and I’ll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. (Luke 15:7)
I have always been Father, and will always be Father. (Ephesians 3:14-15)
My question is…Will you be my child? (John 1:12-13)

I am waiting for you. (Luke 15:11-32)

Love, Your Dad.
Almighty God

PRAYER PRACTICES

Prayer is a relationship between God and us. Theopan the Recluse, a Russian spiritual formation advocate, wrote “to pray is to descend with the mind into the heart, and there stand before the face of the Lord”. Prayer practices provide different opportunities for us to apply our heart to our relationship.

Our relationship with God is not meant to be a repetitive routine.  If we engage God the same way all the time our interaction has the potential of becoming an act of obedience and not one motivated by love.  The following practices have been taken from the suggested prayer practices of men and women who have sought a deeper relationship with God.   A primary source has been Calhoun’s Spiritual Disciplines Handbook. Many practices may be new to readers.   We should be willing to try something different, and to give the practice a chance; we should do it several times.  If necessary modify the practice to suite your needs.

Each practice is presented in the same format:

  • Thoughts about the practice;
  • The desire that motivates us to perform the practice;
  • A definition of the practice;
  • Supportive scriptural reference(s) (unless identified NASB translation is used);
  • Ways to experience the practice; and
  • The God-given fruit from the practice.

Along with each prayer style are suggested spiritual exercises that help you practice the prayer.  You may do one or all of the exercises.

The ancient Jews believed that prayer began with an intentional awareness of God’s presence.  Adopt an appropriate posture of prayer (examples are found in article “Tip – Postures for prayers) and be prepared to be transformed.  The desire of prayer is to connect with God and so keep that in mind, always, when you pray.

All prayer practices are included below.  Ready to download and print.

  1. Breath prayer
  2. Centering prayer
  3. Contemplative prayer
  4. Conversational prayer
  5. Fixed hour prayer
  6. Inner healing prayer
  7. Intercessory prayer
  8. Prayer walking
  9. Labyrinth prayer
  10. Liturgical prayer
  11. Prayer partners
  12. Praying with scripture