ENRICHMAG.CA Spring 2012

PRAYER

by David Hazzard, Editor

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Participation in a recent prayer meeting allowed me the privilege of not only enjoying time for personal prayer, but another opportunity to observe and listen to others around me as they communicated with God. It was encouraging, humbling and inspiring all at the same time. As you might expect, the style of prayer varied greatly from person to person at any given moment. Some prayed silently. Others prayed conversationally. Yet others prayed at specific points with significant emotional intensity, even tears. I was reminded of Jesus who, during His life on earth, “offered up prayers and petitions with loud cries and tears to the one who could save him from death, and he was heard because of his reverent submission” (Hebrews 5:7). Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be in a prayer meeting with Jesus?

From time to time, I could hear people speaking in other tongues, (a.k.a. praying in the Spirit) as they employed this valuable avenue of prayer to communicate deeply and meaningfully with the Lord. Collectively, and to me, it sounded like a symphony of intercession. I was reminded that we were engaged in an ancient spiritual practice that has proven vital to believers and believing communities throughout church history. Further, it is a practice that will continue long after the church has worked through yet another wave of predictable spiritual fads.

This edition of Enrich is intended to remind us of the value of prayer and to encourage us, both personally and corporately, in the practice of prayer—all kinds of prayer! Prayer is a practical expression of one’s worldview. Insights in this edition, offered by Canadian and global leaders, provide valuable perspective on prayer in a variety of contexts.

Can we allow a Baptist brother, Rick Warren, to remind us of our Pentecostal heritage and the value that we as Pentecostals offer to the larger evangelical family? Note the article by Robert Crosby on Warren’s keynote address at the 2011 Assemblies of God (USA) General Council in Phoenix, Arizona.

May I also encourage you to order the books profiled in this edition. Arn Bowler’s I Sat Where They Sat and George Tunks’ Tunks on Tongues clearly remind us that prayer was a significant component in getting us where we are today as The Pentecostal Assemblies of Canada. It will remain a significant component in getting us where we need to be tomorrow.

So … let’s pray!

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