Firstfruits began with an idea: How could women’s needs to gather with other women, experience God’s love and go forth more centered on their own giftedness and purpose be met? Then the Holy Spirit stepped in and something powerful happened!
In the beginning … Firstfruits began as a vision for a women’s ministry whose purpose was to gather women to experience God’s love. And as a result, be transformed!

As word spread about this unique opportunity, other parishes became interested in hosting a Firstfruits gathering. It became apparent to the founders of Firstfruits that this “gathering” needed to be moveable. We became known as a moveable feast of spiritual opportunities for women.

Ponderings on Prayer in a Pandemic

How is your prayer life these days? Does it feel predictable, pointless, powerful, or pitiful? Have the uncertainties and challenges of this unprecedented time had an effect on your prayer?

We started the second session of Truth Be Told on Monday. In this Firstfruits Bible study we are focusing on what it means to live the life of a disciple of Christ. Nurturing the gift of an intimate relationship with God that comes with discipleship requires prayer. It is essential.

We see that the apostles asked Jesus to teach them to pray. We too can ask the same. Prayer comes in many shapes and forms. There is an evolution of prayer in our lives. We start out as children learning rote prayers. Soon they evolve into prayers of petition, that is prayers focused on requests. Often that is where our evolution stops. We never get to the conversational prayers or the prayer with no words.

We get stuck in the rubrics and miss out on the romance.

Prayer is where our intimate connection with God happens. Where we reveal ourselves to God and he reveals himself to us. It’s like the courting time in a relationship only in this relationship it not only leads to the possibility of living the rest of our lives together, it’s the invitation to live the rest of eternity together.

During this time when the draw to a deeper connection to God is so powerful, I challenge you to broaden your idea of what prayer is. Don’t let old notions box you in.

Joan

For more ponderings on prayer, check out this video of Joan’s talk from Truth Be Told.

Truth Be Told Video – Session 2, Week 1

Truth Be Told
Bible References
Luke 11:1-4 Instructions About Prayer
Luke 11:5-13 Seek and Find
Luke 18:1-8 Widow and the Judge

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Joan Carey, Firstfruits executive director, is an author and speaker with a passion for helping women grow in their relationships with God. Her Ponder This book contains a series of modern day parables sure to get you thinking about and seeing our extraordinary God in our ordinary experiences. Joan invites you to use resources on this website for daily reflection in your journey to grow in God's loving care for you.
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