Prayer Archives - Page 7 of 10 - Seedbed

What is fasting, and why does it matter? Lent is a 40-day period of time when Christians typically fast. Winfield Bevins shares what fasting is, how to do it, and why it matters.

What is an awakening? An awakening is moving from slumber to newness of life with God. At Seedbed, it's what we're all about. Read today's post by David Thomas, an expert in travailing prayer, to inspire you to engage in the preparatory work of a great awakening.

We all know prayer is important, but do we really understand it? David Hull shares three essential truths of prayer that are guaranteed to change the way you view your prayer life.

Epiphany, celebrated by Christians in the West on January 6th, is observed corporately on the Sunday before the actual date. It is the date that commemorates the manifestation of Jesus as the Son of God, marked by the visit of the Magi and in some traditions, Jesus' baptism in the Jordan river.

How do you pray when you aren't necessarily seeing the answers you would like to see? Maybe what you think is dead is only sleeping. Jonathan Dow shares wisdom for those times when you aren't seeing God move the way you think you need Him to.

Henri Nouwen's book suggests that solitude and silence are two integral parts of unceasing prayer. Kathy Milans reviews this important writing on the desert fathers and their lives of communion with God.
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The means of grace are discipleship practices that we draw from the biblical witness. Watch this Seven Minute Seminary video as Dr. Andrew C. Thompson explains critical paths to spiritual formation and discipleship.

"Thin places" are what the Celtic monks call places where the dividing line between the natural world and the supernatural realm of God's Spirit are so thin there is hardly any distinction. They are the holy places where God and man meet. Like Moses and the burning bush, Elijah and the still small voice, Andrew Eberhart tells of the thin places he experienced while in Ireland for a Spiritual Formation class.

What does a person really need when they are walking through a dark time? Duke Walker shares wisdom that faith-filled depression is better than pseudo-holy hope. Christian faith in the midst of depression is a faith that is grounded in the unchanging nature of God. This is the faith that walks through the valley with the knowledge that God goes with us. To hope for anything else is idolatry and contributes to the depth of despair rather than lifting one out of it.

What is Spiritual Direction like? What does it take to be a Spiritual Director? Laura Beach discusses how Spiritual Direction is like jazz: a holy version of controlled and trained improvisation in which the Spiritual Director listens and responds to the Spirit of God and the other.

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