I’m stoked! Here’s the news. Pastor Rick Warren just decided to host the Purpose Driven Church conference for the first time in almost a decade. He’s going to spend three days downloading 36 years worth of life and ministry lessons from his time at Saddleback Church. In that time, Saddleback has baptized 43,018 people, now sees over 38,000 meet weekly in 8,420 small groups, and has sent out 26,846 members to 196 countries on mission trips.
American Christians have been conditioned by our cultural surroundings in many ways, and none is more prominent than our shift from communal thinking to individual thinking. We love inspirational and motivational content that revolves around me, myself, and I. That’s why we sell so many books about how I can be successful, how I can get rich, and how I can be a better master of my own universe.
God, your Creator, has invited you into an intimate conversation with himself through prayer. You can call on him anytime, from anywhere, in any circumstance. And when the Holy Spirit gets involved, you can discover a whole new way to pray.
When I was a kid, my grandparents owned a small, community store in Browning, Kentucky where I grew up. It was the hub of social activity a the end of each workday. Commuters from town would stop for gas and maybe an ice cream cone and would catch up on life with one another before driving on home.
Does prayer make any difference? Absolutely! And prayer makes a difference because the living God, the Holy Spirit, lives inside the one praying. Further, when God’s people get together and pray as a community, amazing things happen!