Mar 12, 2009

Intentional Prayer Directs Our Purpose


SPIRITStory, Prayer, Intentionality, Reflection, Internalization, and Transformation.

Intentional prayer refers to our aim. Intentionality brings meaning to our story, so we can understand it as a symbol for something more. 

Our stories aren’t merely a collection of random happenings. For each of us there is context, there is purpose, and there is meaning connected to our story. We each need to “listen in” on our own stories. Then, we intentionally move to connect those stories to God by turning to Scripture. 

For example, Jesus shows this type of intentionality in his prayer from John 17. In the first five verses, Jesus connects his life with the Father. His purpose is to glorify the Father. Next in verses 6–19, Jesus tells the story of his relationship with a particular group of people—and connects that story to God as well. He prays for them to be dedicated to the Father just as he is dedicated to the Father. Jesus concludes (v. 20–26) with his hope for all believers, “that all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in you” (v. 21). 

We should pray about the stories that have meaning in our life. And we should be intentional in our prayer, dedicating these stories to our relationship with God. 

In the next post, we’ll talk about moving from intentional prayer to intentional reflection.