Monday, December 31, 2018

Attend the Solitary God-Conference

Battle Creek

I have been privileged to speak at several conferences for pastors and Christian leaders. I am always grateful for the opportunity to do this. Some have said that the person who teachers gets more out of the event than the students. There’s much truth in this. God always gives me some personal takeaways when I'm the conference speaker. I get spoken-to by God. I receive new insights that stay with me. And, being with colleagues in ministry always serves to instruct and enrich my life.

I’ve also attended conferences for pastors and leaders. When I’m there I want to have open ears and an open heart to what God is saying to me through others.

As good as these events are, the beating heart of my God-encountering spiritual life remains my solitary praying times. Luke 5:16 says:

Jesus often attended the Solitary God Conference 
and prayed.[1]

Therefore, as a follower of Jesus, I do the same.

Greg Boyd says he has known “people who have spent a great deal of time and money traveling the world “chasing God” at various revivals, all the while missing what God was doing—and what God wanted to do—in and through their own lives. The fact is, if we can’t discern God’s presence in our day-to-day lives, it’s unlikely that we’ll find him at a revival. We may find a lot of excitement, great speakers, superb music, and maybe even some “signs and wonders.” But unless a person learns to find God as much in the ordinary as in the exciting, the exciting will do nothing more than serve as a momentary distraction."[2]

I don’t depend on the coming conference that is still weeks away. I need God, today. Now. Presently. The good news is that God's presence is available to me, 24/7. 

Assume that God is doing something in you, 

       Assume God has something to tell you as you pray, today.

[1] “Jesus often withdrew to lonely places and prayed.”
[2] Greg Boyd, Present Perfect: Finding God in the Now, 135

My book on prayer is Praying: Reflections on 40 Years of Solitary Conversations with God.