Prayer can be our shameful little secret. We are women in ministry, serving Jesus around the world. Our prayer newsletters inspire and challenge many. At our home churches, we are called upon to pray out loud for all to hear. For we are the prayer experts.
Or are we?
Maybe many of us struggle with prayer.
Maybe we’re the first to say, “I’ll pray for you,” and then never actually do.
Maybe moments of prayer are drowned by a swirl of responsibilities, distractions and interruptions.
Maybe the constant tensions and global upheaval of these last few years have left us battered.
Maybe loss and grief have piled so high that our only prayer is, “God, where are you?”
Maybe when we sit in silence all we feel is a void.
Maybe in our honest moments we admit we don’t know how to pray anymore.
Maybe we hear stories of people hearing from the Lord and having a spiritual life of great intimacy and depth, and we think, “What am I doing wrong? Why is that not my story?”
Maybe we long for more and don’t know how to get there.
If this is you, we’ve got a few words for you. The first word is “Welcome.” Truly. You are warmly welcome here. Leave your spiritual hero mask at the door. Come on in, we’ve got a seat for you. Everyone of us here has felt like a prayer fraud. You are not alone in these prayer struggles.
The second word we have for you is “Congratulations.” If the statements above resonate for you, that’s actually a very good thing. It’s an indication that God is inviting you to a deeper place of prayer, into a richer stage of relationship with God. He is not absent from you. He is calling out to you, extending his hand, inviting you into the depths.
The final thing we want to say is “Here, we have something for you.” When you are struggling with prayer and feeling like a failure at prayer, the last thing you may want to do is a spiritual retreat that centers on prayer. Shame is a powerful demotivator. But what if…? What if taking a day to be with God is exactly what you need? What if this day allows you to process, to bring the hard hidden questions before him? What if in this sacred space, God touches your soul and speaks to your heart? What if you came out of this day… changed?
Here’s what you don’t have to do to experience this Velvet Ashes Retreat:
You don’t have to get on a plane.
You don’t have to take a COVID test.
You don’t have to get online.
Doesn’t that sound lovely?
We’re retreating as a global community in all our locations across the globe this weekend. It’s not too late for you. Simply register and print off your Unplugged Retreat Guide. If a day this weekend doesn’t work for you, you can do it on whatever day you set aside.
You’re invited to join the Retreat Debrief to process the experience with me, Denise Beck, and special guests on October 14 at 9:00am EST.
For those of you in a sweet season of intimacy in prayer, this retreat is most definitely for you too. You’ll get to soak in the words of Jesus, plunging into the bottomless depths of his goodness.
Check out the details and register here:
We look forward to an honest conversation about prayer today and this week leading up to the Unplugged Retreat.
Have you ever felt like a prayer failure? Or prayer fraud?
Which of the “maybe” statements above resonated for you?
What is your current experience in prayer? What is your desire?