Renewing Prayer relies on Jesus to replace emotional pain in our lives with His perfect peace. Renewing Prayer is not about giving advice, diagnosing problems, or sharing opinions. It is about inviting prayer recipients to have a personal, transforming, renewing encounter with the Lord Jesus.
Beliefs Drive Feelings and Actions
Renewing Prayer is based on the premise that our beliefs determine what we feel and our feelings determine how we react.
To demonstrate this process in action, imagine you are walking down a path in the woods. Up ahead you can barely make out a long curving object lying across the path. It must be a snake! How would you feel? How would you react? You will likely feel and react based on what you believe. Because you believe the object to be a snake, you physically and emotionally react based on what you believe to be true about snakes. However, what if it was a branch and not a snake? Would you feel and act differently?
As we go through our lives, we establish beliefs about events, people, and, most important, ourselves. These beliefs trigger feelings that can be emotionally overwhelming and can cause us to act in ways we may not intend. For example, if a young girl’s single parent left her with other people to care for her while her parent worked, she may feel alone, unloved, and ultimately believe she was unlovable. Later, as an adult, if a loved one doesn’t spend time with her, those feelings of loneliness and not being loved can flood forward, triggering anger and possibly driving her to break off the relationship. But how might she react if she knew, without a doubt, that she is deeply loved?
Jesus promised the Holy Spirit, the Spirit of Truth, to testify about Him and to remind us of all Jesus said. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you!” Now, knowing the truth and with a renewed mind, we are free to act from His truth and in His peace.
Inside Out: Introduction to Renewing Prayer as a Spiritual Practice is a six week class that will explain the process of renewing prayer and how God replaces lies we believe with His truth. Meets Tuesday Evenings, Sept. 25th – Oct. 30th from 7:00 to 8:30 pm in room 203/204 or Wednesday Mornings, Sept. 26th -Oct. 31st from 9:30 am to 11:30 am in room 203/204.
To inquire about becoming a prayer minister or to request a prayer appointment, please contact Glenda Simpkins Hoffman at 703.938.9050 or firstname.lastname@example.org or Deb Crumbiss at email@example.com.