It all started when I decided to re-read a book that made a real impact on my devotional life when I read it back in 1988, the year I left Youth for Christ, worked with Andy and Simon Hawthorne on “Message ‘88” (the foundation for Message Trust, The Tribe, Eden Project etc) and, towards the end of the year, joined the staff at Ivy Cottage Church, in Manchester as youth pastor…just reading that little list makes me remember how desperate I was to improve my prayer life, and, almost on cue, along came a book by Bill Hybels, pastor of Willow Creek Community Church in Barrington, Illinois entitled “Too Busy NOT to Pray”.
I devoured the book, did the stuff, taught the stuff and really grew in my prayer life.
So for a while, I’m back to daily journalling, prayers shaped by the acronym ‘ACTS’ and a time of deliberate listening. It’s simple, disciplined and I feel more involved in my prayer, more like I’m actually trying to have a relationship with God.
I don’t want to live an unexamined life.
I’m certain some of you will be thinking, “Ah, Dave’s getting older and he’s returning to old certainties; he’s going to an evangelical church and he’s abandoned all the good stuff he’s learned and gone back to being a ‘good evangelical’.”
All or some of that may be true. I prefer to think that maybe I’ve grown up just a bit…and I want to grow some more!