Have you ever gone on a God Hunt? A God Hunt begins when you teach yourself to look for God’s hand at work in the everyday occurrences of your life. Here’s one of my personal God Hunt Sightings:
One of the ways David and I recognize God’s intervention in our everyday lives is when He helps us do his work in the world. Much of that work for both of us is to give practical spiritual growth tools to Christians who desire to mature in their walk of faith.
For many years, I have slipped into a kind of prayer that is very, very different from the pleading, oh-help-me-God prayers of my younger years. It is a kind of silent prayer, a prayer without words, and I’ve actually found it very hard to communicate this in my writing. It is as though the prayer is going on all around me, and I just step into it.
However, recently, I’ve come across a couple of quotes in my reading that have (1) helped me to know that others are experiencing this kind of prayer and (2) various ways of expressing what I am experiencing.
This quote was copied out in my prayer journal on February 23, 2012. I haven’t attributed it to anyone, but I don’t think it originated with me. Perhaps it is from the Book of Common Prayer.
“You who pray in us, through us, with us, for us, and in spite of us. Amen. Alleluia.”
I have often felt as though I just open my soul to the prayer that is already going on and the prayer fills me, works in and through me. I am more passively active than actively passive. (See what I mean?—this is hard to explain.)
Richard Rohr, in his book The Naked Now, expresses it this way: “‘Prayer happened and I was there’ more than ‘I prayed today.’ All you know is that you are being led, being guided, being loved, being used, being prayed through—and you are no longer in the driver’s seat. … You start knowing through, with, and in Somebody Else. Your little ‘I Am’ becomes ‘We Are.’ Please trust me on this. It might be the most important thing I am saying in this book.”
These are gifts to me, help to do God’s work in the world as I share with others, mentor a hungry few or teach and write. Sometime I will write something longer than a blog on this prayer experience, but I will also know that a divine hand was working in me, through me and around me enabling me to learn myself how to better pray so that I could help others.
I spy God!
Award-winning author Karen Mains has long had an interest in spiritual formation and the obedient Christian walk. She has written about the God Hunt in her book by the same name, The God Hunt: The Delightful Chase and the Wonder of Being Found. A hardback copy can be ordered from Mainstay Ministries for $10.00 plus $4.95 shipping and handling. Contact Karen at firstname.lastname@example.org and she will be happy to autograph a copy for you.
Karen continues to write content for her Christian blog, “Thoughts-by-Karen-Mains.” In so doing, she desires to touch the lives of Christian women and men and help them find ways to walk closer with the Lord Jesus Christ. In addition, through silent retreats, spiritual teaching, women’s retreats, Christian vacation opportunities, and other ministry activities, Karen helps each Christian woman and man receive vital spiritual food.
Through her Hungry Souls ministry, Karen serves as a spiritual coach to many Christian women and men, and teaches a mentor-writing class. And, through the Global Bag Project, she is working to develop a network of African women who sew exquisite cloth reusable shopping bags, Africa bags. This micro-finance women opportunity helps provide a much-needed sustainable income for struggling African families. For more information on this critically important project, please click here.
For decades, Karen and her husband, David, have served God through religious communications—radio, television, and print publication. They are the co-authors of the Kingdom Tales Trilogy: Tales of the Kingdom, Tales of the Resistance, and Tales of the Restoration. To find many valuable resources for pastors and congregations at the Mainstay Ministries main website, please click here.
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