Come on April 15!

I can’t wait for April 15! Not because I love paying taxes. But because that’s when the Daily Prayer Project: Continuing Connection begins!

I will be honest with you: I need this! I need the fellowship and the encouragement! I hope you feel that way too.

THIS IS IMPORTANT: We we’re planning to meet in Room A-207. NOT ANYMORE! We will be meeting in Room A-208—the same room we met in for the project.

DPP:Continuing Connection Launches April 15!

I am excited about the launching of DPP:Continuing Connection (DPP:CC)! The truth is, I just feel the need to stay connected to all of you who have gone through the project.

I had hoped that we could stay connected through the Accountability Page on this website. I’m not giving up on that! I think meeting in person will help that along.

So what will be be doing at DPP:CC?

Other than the fellowship and encouragement of connecting together over our common desire to cultivate the Secret Place, I hope to explore with you some important places in Scripture that I continue to return to that encourage me in my pursuit of intimacy with God.

Most of you wouldn’t know this but I have some facility with the original language of the New Testament: Koine Greek. The passages I referred to are rich with meaning and I hope we can slowly but surely—informally but with focus—let these places in God’s Word fuel our desire for Him and bolster our faith!

Please prayerfully consider making Continuing Connection a part of your routine on:

Sunday mornings @ 10:30 in RM A-207

Announcing: Continuing Connection!

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I am excited to announce that, starting  on April 15, from 10:30 am-11:30 am, in Room A-207 (next door to where we had our project meetings), we will launch what will essentially be a support program for the Daily Prayer Project called, Continuing Connection. 

It will be:

  • weekly (though at times subject to cancellation due to the DPP projects)
  • only for those who have successfully completed the Daily Prayer Project
  • informal 
  • focused

It’s purpose will be: 

  • to encourage one another toward continuing in our pursuit of the Secret Place and intimacy with Jesus.
  • provide accountability and support, and 
  • to look in-depth (still informal) at passages of scripture that encourage intimacy with Jesus. 

Rationale:

There are three reasons that it is time to do this.

  1. It is the perfect way to provide continuing support for those who go through DPP but continue to struggle with prayer.
  2. I need this!
  3. I want an ongoing connection with those who have already gone through the project and, of course, those who will go through it in the future. Remember when we started I said DPP was not just a program but the beginning of a community!

Continuing Connection will be a no-pressure, non-threatening place to get encouragement and inspiration! You don’t have to come every week to participate.

I hope you will prayerfully consider coming. 

 

So Excited!

This was the close of Week 5 of this round of The Daily Prayer Project (though I still have Monday’s group to conclude tomorrow), and I must say, I am so blessed by what I see God doing!

This morning I heard about a beautiful breakthrough in one person’s struggle against a spiritual heaviness. She said last Wednesday God revealed something to her that she has been hurting over for a very long time (didn’t even know it!) and He just took the heaviness away! Boom! That’s what I am talking about–spiritual surgery! Another person shared victories she is having in her prayer time and in her workplace, another about how she is becoming established in her “set place” and “set time”! Still another, and another, and another! There’s not room to tell you all that has happened the last five weeks!

Remember, the weekly project meetings may have concluded but the project is not over. I’m looking for all of you to find your way to the “accountability page” every Monday to answer the four questions, to give us a report, and to encourage others and be encouraged!

 

 

DPP>Into the Future

As The Daily Prayer Project continues to grow, here are some things I expect to develop:

LEADERS

I am even now watching for those in the project who have the potential and the passion to shepherd their own five week events. This will involve training and working closely together so that the new leader is confident once he or she steps into the role.

THE DPP/NEXT LEVEL

I expect to develop DPP/NEXT LEVEL for those who really take cultivating the Secret Place seriously and make its guidelines their habit.

FURTHER WRITING FOR THE PROJECT

I have in mind to write two more books to be used in the project.

Passages

This book will explore in depth passages of Scripture that show us how to increase our intimacy with Jesus. This one is already in progress.

In Search of the Secret Place

This may or may not be the title of another book concerning the reality of a place called “the Secret Place.” In truth, the Secret Place is the Holy of Holies!

 

 

 

 

 

A Common Room Made Uncommon

Matthew 6:6 says,

But when you pray, go into your room, close the door and pray to your Father, who is unseen. Then your Father, who sees what is done in secret, will reward you.

“Go into your room”

The word for room is ta-meh-ee-on (ταμεῖόν), “room, store room, barn, etc.,” suggesting that it refers simply to a common room. And yet, when we make it a place for prayer, it becomes a common room made uncommon by the fact that the Father is there! He sees what goes on there in secret and rewards us.

“Sometimes we talk about waiting on the Lord. How long has He been waiting for you in the Secret Place?”

God’s Confidant?

There is precedent in Scripture for this concept of God meeting in secret with His children.

In both Psalm 25:14 and Amos 3:7 we get insight into God’s desire to confide in those with whom He has a covenant. Have you ever considered that Almighty God might want to confide in you?

Psalm 25:14 says,

The LORD confides in those who fear him; he makes his covenant known to them.

In the Hebrew, the word here for “confide” is Strong’s (5475) “sode” which means, “a session, i.e. company of persons (in close deliberation); by implication intimacy, consultation, a secret:—assembly, counsel, inward, secret (counsel).”[1]

So, we could rephrase this verse to say, “The Lord is intimate with those who fear him” or “The Lord consults with or shares secrets with those who fear him”

Amos 3:7 says, Surely the Lord God does nothing unless He reveals His secret counsel to His servants the prophets. In this verse, “sode” is translated “secret counsel.”

The Secret Place

The Secret Place, far from being simply a place where we share our laundry list of needs with God, is a place of intimacy and secret counsel with God! Sometimes we talk about waiting on God but how long has He been waiting for you in the Secret Place?

Get started now in the Secret Place!


 

NOTES

[1] Strong, J. (2009). A Concise Dictionary of the Words in the Greek Testament and The Hebrew Bible (Vol. 2, p. 82). Bellingham, WA: Logos Bible Software.