The entire month of September

We believe God has amazing things in store for Thornapple in our next chapter. The first step in aligning with God’s plan is prayer.

We invite you to join us in an intentional initiative to spend 20 minutes a day in September being alone with God in a posture of prayer to mostly listen, instead of speaking. In addition, you may wish to add the spiritual discipline of fasting to this September rhythm simply to heighten your awareness of paying attention to what God might be saying to you and to us. Fasting might be a meal once a week or dispensing with social media or something else.

Richard Foster says this about listening to God, “[Jesus’] voice is not hard to hear; his vocabulary is not hard to understand. But learning to listen well and to hear correctly is no small task.

So, to help us all pray and listen well, here are a few ideas and resources that might be helpful for your daily 20 minutes in prayer listening to God’s Spirit speak to you (and Thornapple):

  • Don’t overthink this invitation. Keep things as simple as possible. Step one might simply be seeing if you can figure out a rhythm for the month of September that carves out at least 20 minutes a day to “sit with God” in prayer and listen. You might even want to put these “appointments” in your calendar, not for legalistic reasons, but for reinforcing this rhythm. Maybe even envision a place that is conducive to being quiet with God for 20 minutes each day?
  • Decide how you might best choreograph your 20 minutes—but keep it simple. Maybe some reading of Scripture? Maybe some quiet reflection time and just keeping company with God? Maybe have a journal handy to record what you hear?
  • Follow a guided plan/use technology.
    • The free app, Pray as You Go, offers a 10-13 minute guided time of prayer and reflection that might be helpful. You can find it here.
    • Another free app coming out of the 24/7 Prayer movement started in the UK is Lectio 365, which also offers a 10 minute daily guided time of prayer and reflection. You can find it here.
  • Use a book on prayer. There are many books on prayer, here are a few suggestions for starters:
    • A Praying Life: Connecting with God in a Distracting World by Paul Miller
    • The Art of Listening Prayer by Seth Barnes

Thank you for praying, thank you for listening. May God be gracious to Thornapple as we seek to discern his will for our next chapter as a local church community of seeking to help people find and follow Jesus!