A Life Devoted to the Word of God (Part 4)

(This is part 4 of a multi-post blog)

For part 1 click here
For part 2 click here
For part 3 click here

Romans 12:1- 2 have been some of the most influential verses in my entire life… I hope that they can act as a blessing to you today:

1 Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship. 2 Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will. (NIV)

For the purpose of this blog post, I want to focus more on verse 2. This whole series of posts centers around the idea that one of the only ways that we can grow as believers and really come to look more like Christ is by saturating ourselves with the word of God… as Paul says here in Romans, we are transformed by the renewing of our minds. this is not something that magically happens, it is something that we actually need to work on, something that we need to invest in. The best way of doing this is by completely immersing ourselves in the word of God. So far in this mini-series I have addressed the importance of the word and hopefully helped give a vision for the word, now I want to get a bit more practical, what are some ways that you can actually engage with the Bible?

Mediate on Scripture 

“If we hope to move beyond the superficialities of our culture, including our religious culture, we must be willing to go down into the retreating silences, into the inner world of contemplation.”  –Richard Foster

Meditation is about changing the pace of our lives. We live in a world where we are surrounded by voices and noise. So much of this world is trying to tell us how to live, what to believe, what you should need. Taking time to meditate on scripture is a conscious decision to silence the other voices in our lives and allow the voice of scripture to speak the loudest.

Before I go on, I want to just quickly differentiate Christian meditation from Eastern meditation. Eastern meditation is about emptying oneself completely of any thing in order to find some inner peace within oneself… to try to find divinity somewhere deep on the inside (this is a very simplistic understanding of a very diverse subject, but remains a unifying factor between different methods of Eastern meditation). Christian Meditation is about taking time to silence the voices (both inside ourselves and out) in order to be able to hear the voice of the Father with much more clarity and be filled with the Spirit at a deeper level. Richard Foster simplifies this, saying

Christian meditation is the ability to hear God’s voice and obey His word.. it opens the door and invites Jesus into deeper communion with us.

So what does this have to do with reading scripture? I firmly believe that the most true and consistent way that God speaks to us today is through His word. God can and does speak in other ways, but it is through and against His word that these other methods must be measured. Because of this, my primary time of mediation is spend directly in the word… but how does one go about doing this?

  • First of all we need to differentiate meditation from Study. In study we seek to understand the passage, in meditation we seek to internalize and personalize the passage… the written word becomes the living word… Put yourself in the scripture, imagine Jesus’ words being spoken directly to you… ask the Holy Spirit to make the word alive in Your heart.
  • Corey Russell suggests that we can meditate on scripture by reading slowly and inviting the holy Spirit to “Highlight” different words or statements. This is an invitation to stop, to see what the Holy Spirit may be trying to communicate with that specific word or phrase… spend some time reflecting on the truth of it…

 “We must stop reading the bible just so we can get done, and actually begin to stop and meet with God through it. The Holy Spirit’s favorite chariot is the word of God and it will be through the word of God that we are transformed.”

  • Prior to your time of reading the word, take a moment to invite Jesus to come and meet with You. As you are reading, treat your time like a conversation with Him. Let it fuel and guide your prayers.

Study Scripture

Another way that we can approach scripture is through studying it. After four years of Bible college and a lot of time devoted to studying the word of God, I still feel like I have only scratched the surface of what God wants to say to me through the scriptures, and studying it has really made the truth become more real to me.

Below I have posted links (click the covers) to two very good resources on studying scripture. Both of these books takes time to look at each book of the Bible and give a good outline of how we can read this book as an act of study. 

So what does it mean to really study the scriptures?

  • Seek to understand the context of the book that you are reading, the chapters that you are reading… Where do they fit into the greater story of scripture? How does a specific verse fit into the though of the chapter you are reading? What is the genre of the book you are reading (prophecy, poetry, narrative)?
  • Seek to understand the situations around the book/chapter/verse you are reading. Why was this book written? Why did Paul write 1 Corinthians? What was the situation at the time? Knowing the answers to these questions can really make the scriptures come alive
  • Seek to understand what was intended by the original authors for the original hearers? This is a big one. It’s easy to forget that the Bible is a cultural book, written by many different Hebrew people to many different Hebrew people… it’s important to ask what the original intent was… as much of our cultural lenses can blur our understanding of scripture.

Resources for Study:

  • http://www.preceptaustin.org/ (Great site with a links to a lot of great resources)
  • http://www.globible.com/ (An amazing Bible you can download to your computer with a lot of pictures, maps, and information dedicated to helping make the Bible come alive
  • ESV Study Bible (The most comprehensive and (in my opinion) useful study Bible out there)

Pray Scripture

Scripture can be a tool for engaging with God through prayer. Praying scripture is one of my favourite ways to engage with His word. The Bible is filled with different prayers. The Psalms are literally a book of 150 different prayers. The New Testament is filled with prayers prayed by Jesus and the apostles (for a list of these prayers click here). Revelation is filled with Hymns of praise that are being sung by the angels and, in ever increasing measure, the Church world-wide. Because of this, the scriptures can give language to our prayers. We can pray the word of God back to Him. This is exciting because the reality is that we never have to wonder if our prayers are in agreement with the will of God as they are prayers that are inspired by the Holy Spirit.

Journal Through Scripture

Journalling may not be for everyone, but for those who find it easy to get distracted, this may be a good way to be more disciplined in your Bible reading. Journalling thought scripture is a great way to be intentional about what is being read. There are a few different ways to journal through scripture:

  • SOAP (Scripture (What did I read?), Observation (What is this saying?), Application (What am I going to do about it?), Prayer (Convert your thoughts into a prayer)
  • What is this passage saying about God? What is this passage saying about me? What am I going to do about it?
  • Be creative! Feel free to express yourself as You are engaging with God through His word.

Bible Reading Plan

Actually having a Bible reading plan has helped me tremendously in sticking with my Bible reading. Some days I will admit, I have to check my heart as it is easy to approach the word legalistically (just to get it done). The reality is, though, that I would rather make sure that I am reading the Bible every day even if one day out of ten feels more like a chore than a pleasure. If I don’t have a plan, I find that I am reading with far less frequency!

Conclusion

Thanks for taking the time to read this! I hope that you have been encouraged, but more than that, I hope that you are going to be making the word of God more of a priority and that you feel equipped and ready to do this today! Feel free to post thoughts or comments on this blog and to pass this along. If you have any questions, please let me know!

Thanks so much,

Daunavan Buyer

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A Life Devoted to the Word of God (Part 3)

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Ah Part three. This is a fun one! So far I have spoken a bit about the ideas that we have about devotions, that our attitude towards the scripture cannot beone where we simply engage with scripture for a half-hour a day without letting it permeate every part of our lives. I don’t want you to read these blog posts and feel guilty about not reading the Bible enough, but I do want to help give you a vision for the word of God. Guilt is not a good enough motivation to have the Bible influence you, but the way that the Holy Spirit can speak through the word can begin to get you excited, and that is my prayer!

If you haven’t read part one and two yet, take some time and check them out, then head back over here.

**Please note that a lot of this post is taken from John Piper’s Book “Desiring God”

The Benefits and Power of Scripture
In his book, Desiring God, John Piper has given many incredible benefits to reading scripture. My prayer for this is it will ignite a passion in your heart to make reading the word and truly ingesting the word a priority in your life!

Faith Comes by Hearing (John 20:23)
Jesus’ very words confirm that the way that we come to and grow in our faith is through the hearing and understanding of scripture. John 20:23 is John’s own intent in writing his gospel that “these things are written that you may believe. What we know to be true as foundational to our beliefs as well as what sustains us and grows our faith comes through scripture. 
God Supplies His Spirit by the Hearing of Faith (Romans 8:5)
Romans 8:5 says that those who live according to the Spirit set their minds on the things of the Spirit. How are we to do this? By setting our minds on scripture. The Holy Spirit speaks to us through scripture, leads us to Jesus through scripture, and ultimately makes us more like Jesus as we interact with Him through scripture. Along with this, we will experience a deeper communion with and filling of the Holy Spirit if we stay rooted in scripture. 
The Scriptures give Hope
Hope is something that can be hard to come by these days. Often it is easy to get lost in the things of this world and the disappointments that it can bring. The reality is that scripture is unchanging. It constantly provides truth that remains true regardless of our circumstance. Staying in the word helps provide us with hope even in the darkest of circumstances. Many times the words of Romans 8 (that nothing can separate me from the love of God) and Psalm 23 (the Lord is my shepherd, He leads me beside still waters, He restores my soul) brought hope to me in the midst of my own dark thoughts. Where can we stay rooted in hope? Only in God’s word. 
The Truth shall make You free (John 8:32)
This is one of the most incredible promises in scripture: “you will know the truth, and the truth shall set you free (John 8:32- Jesus’ words).” When we believe lies (about ourselves, about God, about others), they act as bonds and ultimately enslave us. If I believe that I am unlovable, this lie will affect how I live my life. If I believe that God is unloving, this will even more affect how I live my life because nothing I do would ever be enough for Him. Knowing the truth truly sets one free… freedom from slavery to sin, freedom for holiness, freedom to receive grace, freedom from fear. If you don’t believe this, try saturating your life with scripture and see what happens 🙂   
The Testimony of the Lord makes Wise the Simple
The Scriptures continually promise that wisdom will come to a person if they seek it and ask for it, but often that promise comes with an instruction… to pursue it in the word of God (Proverbs 2:1-5). The best definition of wisdom that I have ever heard: ‘wisdom is knowledge rightly used.’ This definition differentiates wisdom from knowledge, as I know many very smart people who I would not consider very wise. We can know scripture, but if we don’t know how to practically live it out, this knowledge falls short of the wisdom that we are promised throughout scripture. We grow in wisdom by seeking it through scripture and inviting the Holy Spirit to increase it in us (James 1:4-8).
The Bible is God’s “I Love You” (Corey Russell)
In his book, Pursuit of the Holy, Corey Russell engages in this topic quite effectively by reassuring us that the Bible is God’s “I love you.” He uses the analogy of his relationship with his wife, that the intention of his heart is made clear to his wife when he speaks it to her. Even more true is the fact that the intentions of God’s heart are made clear to his children, us, through scripture. How do we know what is on God’s heart? His WORD. He has made so much of Himself available to know through scripture, His feelings towards us, His plans for us and humanity. The Bible is God’s “I love you.”
The BIble is our only Offensive Weapon Against the Enemy (Ephesians 6:10-17)
Ephesians 6 is a well known passage in which Paul engages the topic of spiritual warfare. He states that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers and authorities of darkness in the Heavenly realms. He then goes on to list armour that Christians are to be equipped with so that they can stand firm when (not if) the attack of the enemy comes.  The only offensive piece of the armour is the ‘Sword of the Spirit (the word of God)’ John Piper so beautifully illustrates this saying:

“What many Christians fail to realize is that we can’t draw the sword from someone else’s scabbard. If we don’t wear it, we can’t wield it, If the word of God does not abide in us (John 15:7), we will reach for it in vain when the enemy strikes.”

We need to know the word in able to wield it… I want to be sure that I am ready to stand firm in the midst of temptation and turmoil, and the only way to do this is through the word of God.

Common Misconceptions about Scripture
It is extremely important that we put to death some false views of scripture. Many different approaches to the word can taint our desire and steal away from the power of the word in our lives. I don’t want to spend too much time on this so I will not go into too much detail here. But it is important that I make mention of these misconceptions (many of which I have believed from time to time).

‘The BIble is a good book with Answers to all of Life’s Questions’
The Bible is NOT a glorified self-help book. While it does provide a lot of practical advice for living and (what I believe) lays out the best possible way to live one’s life (Sermon on the   Mount Matthew 5ff), the Bible is so much more than a manual for the good life. 
‘The Bible is just a good Historical Book’
Some people simply view the Bible as a good historical document. Again, this is limiting the power of scripture for today. While I believe that the Bible is true historically, to say that the principles and truths laid out in the Bible are limited to history (the gifts of the Spirit, the power of the resurrection, the fruit of a Spirit-filled community) is missing out on how scripture can speak directly to us today. 
‘The Bible is God’s word to North America’
The Bible was not written by God to North America! The Bible was inspired by God through men to specific cultures in a specific place in history. It is of critical importance to seek to understand those cultures as it can help bring the scriptures to life in an entirely new way! The Bible needs to be understood as it was meant to be understood by its original readers and, because of this, how we interpret the Bible may look a little different. 
‘Knowledge of Scripture is an end in Itself’
This one is a HUGE stumbling block for many people that I know. I have already addressed the fact that we need the Bible for more than head knowledge, but this goes even deeper than that. Jesus called out the Pharisees in Matthew 23:27

“Woe to you, teachers of the law and Pharisees, you hypocrites! You are like whitewashed tombs, which look beautiful on the outside but on the inside are full of dead men’s bones and everything unclean”

You see, the Pharisees knew the scriptures inside and out. They studied the law, memorized it, worshipped it! But this was not enough. Their hearts were far from God and because of this, Jesus called them out at a heart level. The attitude of our hearts towards scripture is so important to God. We need to understand that scripture is a MEANS to meeting Jesus, not an END in simply knowing more. If we are not growing in our relationship with God through the Holy Spirit than we are no better than the Pharisees…. whitewashed tombs.
‘The Bible is Just a Textbook, or Just a Devotional’
This lie is HUGE for me. There is a constant tension towards approaching the BIble as a ‘text’ and approaching the BIble as a ‘devotional.’ While there is nothing wrong with either of these, the problem comes when one is an extreme. During my 6 years finishing my 4 year BTS in Pastoral Studies there were numerous times when the Bible was just a textbook. I read it as a text because I had to and it did not devotionally engage my heart with Jesus. On the flip side, there have been times when I have approached the Bible completely devotionally, not taking into account the fact that understanding the historical, social, and religious context of the book and therefore interpreting the BIble in ways were frankly untrue. We need to see the BIble as a textbook (something to be studied and understood) as well as a devotional (something to inform our relationship with God and help us grow to become more like Jesus).

What’s to Come
Thanks for tracking with me so far on this! It is my prayer that you have been encouraged by these words. I realize that today has been quite a lengthy post but as I said I hope that the Holy Spirit has been increasing your desire to interact with God through His very word. Stay tuned for a few more posts, the next on different ways that we can engage with scripture and the final one on setting realistic goals and preparing an action plan to see this discipline come to fruition in your life! Blessings!

A Life Devoted to the Word of God (Pt. 2)

This is the second part of a mini-series that I am posting to my blog from a sermon I preached to the young adults at my church in January 2012 at our young adult retreat. Each of thee posts will build on the previous one, so to view the first part of this series, click here.

 What the Bible says about Itself
The scriptures are filled with a whole lot of different  passages that speak of the power and necessity of the Word of God. Keep in mind as you read the Old Testament references (from Psalms & Proverbs) that they didn’t have the new Testament! We can only be sure that they had what they referred to as the Torah (the first five books of the Old Testament)! We have a whole lot more of the word of God than they did (including the very words of Jesus).  As you read these quick excerpts, think about these questions…

1) What do these verses say about the word of God
2) What do these verses say are some of the positive effects of a life rooted in the word of God?
3) What are some of the promises that God has for you if you choose to commit to the word of God?

Proverbs 2:1-5: My son, if you receive my words and treasure my commandments within you, making your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures, then you will understand the fear of the Lord and find the knowledge of God. 

2 Timothy 3:14-17: But as for you, continue in what you have learned and firmly believed, knowing from who you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. All scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness, that the man of God may be competent, equipped for every good work. 

Psalm 119:9-16: How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart that I might not sin against you. Blessed are you, O Lord; teach me your statutes! With my lips I declare all the rules of your mouth. In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your precepts, and fix my eyes on your ways. I will delight in your statutes; I will not forget your word.

Psalm 1:1-3: Blessed is the man who walks not n the counsel of the wicked, nor stands in the seat of scoffers; but his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water that yields its fruit in its season, and its leaf does not wither. In all that he does, he prospers. 

I don’t want to say much more for this post. These are a few of the key verses in scripture that really speak into the importance of a life in the word and I want them to speak for themselves. As I said in my last post. I don’t want people to feel guilted into reading the word of God, I want people to have a proper vision of the power and necessity of the word of God. Just feeling like ‘I’m not reading my Bible enough’ is NOT a good enough motivation to begin doing so, but coming to a point of seeing the Bible as the living word of God, able to transform your heart and mind when you commit to reading it.

The reality is, though, if you want to function as someone who is growing in a relationship with Jesus and truly seeking Him to inform every area of your life, you need to be in scripture! This is not an option. Especially for those who wish to distinguish themselves as Christian leaders, you must be in the word! Hopefully these verses can start to give you a vision for the importance of the word, next post I will be expanding this idea even more and looking at some of the reasons why the word is so important! Make sure you check it out.

A Life Devoted to the Word of God (pt.1)

A Weekend Retreat
This weekend I had the incredible opportunity to go on a retreat with the young adults at my Church. Not only was it great to get away from the city and enjoy being with good friends at the beautiful, snow-covered Camp Nakamun, it was a profound time in which God was truly meeting with His people as they celebrated His goodness through worship, opened themselves up through prayer, reflection, and scripture, and enjoyed the freedom and joy that comes from being in community.

A Life Devoted to the Word of God
Our group was focussing on practicing spiritual disciplines and they asked me to give a bit of a “discussion/sermon” on devotionally engaging with the word of God. Not only is this something that I am quite passionate about, it is something that has the potential to make a great deal of difference in the lives of people who put it into practice. I spent a great deal of time working on this, and I decided that it would be a good entry for my blog! Rather than making one irregularly long post, I am going to do a mini-series with the different sections of the sermon every couple of days for the next week. Be sure to check back every few days and I will be adding more aspects of the sermon on my website.

Flipping the Idea of Devotions on it’s Head…
The whole purpose of this talk was to help people there understand how important the scriptures really are. I began by asking those present what they thought when they heard the word scripture… unsurprisingly some of the answers I received illuminated the fact that many are a little overwhelmed by the Bible, particularly in understanding it and knowing exactly how it is applicable (especially certain books in the Old Testament).
After asking about scripture, I turned the topic to that of devotions: “How does the word ‘devotions’ make you feel?” Again, the answers centred around “I wish I did them more,” and “feels like a checklist.” Why is this often what comes to mind when we think of the word of God? The people in my group were/are very well-meaning and passionate followers of Christ who legitimately long to grow in relationship with Him. I believe that their reflections on the questions I asked are much more common and, sadly, one of the issues that will need to be remedied in order for people to grow as disciples. People need a vision for the word of God! It needs to become more and more of a priority if you want any power in ministry or any sustainability in trials!
This section is sub-titled “flipping the idea of devotions on it’s head.” I believe that we have a very poor view of what it means to approach scripture devotionally. Often we think of ‘having devotions’ or setting aside a specific time every day that we will spend in the word and ‘check off our list.’ While there is nothing wrong with continuity in our schedules, if this is the limit of the power of God and soaking in the word in our lives, this simply is not enough. Paul Washer (in this sermon) preaches on how the relationship between a husband and wife is so much more that simply that of 14 minutes a day. There is constant communication between a man and his wife… It’s not like I will lock Kirsten, my wife, in a closet, take here out for 15 minutes a day, most days, hang out with her, and then lock her back in a closet! This is complete lunacy! Many people, though, when they think of devotions, think of this as their time being spent with God and time apart from that as time without God… God is constantly present and desires to be in an intimate relationship with us, even more intimate than that between a husband and wife, 15 minutes a day can not be enough!

Living a Devotional Life
I would like to propose that as believers we should not live a life where we do devotions, we live a devotional life which is fuelled by the word of God. If this is our posture before the word, all of our lives become that which we want to give in response to God and experience in relationship to God (and in our relationship with God). I am not saying that devotions are important, but what I am saying is that we need to see our time specifically set apart to be with God as fuel for a full life lived with God.
I do not want you to feel guilty that you don’t read the Bible enough, but what I do want is for the Holy Spirit to give you a vision for the power and beauty of the word of God, so that you can make the decision to have scripture inform all of your life, not just 15 minutes a day.
Take a moment to reflect on your posture towards the scriptures and your attitude towards devotions. Ask yourself (with the guidance of Holy Spirit) if you need to change your attitude? How do you view devotions? Has reading the Bible become a check-list? Is my time in scripture truly igniting my inner life? Am I being transformed by the word of God?

The passage that this subject is loosely based on is Romans 12:2: Do not be conformed any longer to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Do not conform… be transformed. Paul’s command to the Romans speaks to each of us today, that we are to be transformed. So many want to be transformed and I believe that the word of God is one of the ways the Holy Spirit uses to ignite true transformation in true disciples. Please join me on this little journey!

What’s Coming Up
The rest of this mini-series is going to explore a vision for the word of God, different misconceptions that we can have about God’s word, different ways that we can approach the scripture, and how to make an action plan so that this is more than just a good blog read!
I will pray that God will be transforming your heart as You seek Him in the word.

What I Do

Before I get to into writing random weekly blogs, I wanted to start out simply by describing what I do with the House of Prayer Edmonton. The House of Prayer Edmonton is a multi-denominational ministry that exists here in Edmonton for the purpose of seeing God’s kingdom established through worship and intercession as well as equipping the Church. Before I go on, what I mean by ‘intercession’ is prayer for others. Being an intercessor means that one takes seriously the calling of God on His church to function as priests. In the Old Testament, it was the job of the priests to stand before God on behalf of the people (stand-between or intercede). We take this very seriously at the House of Prayer Edmonton and make it our mission to consistently this city to God through intercession. Back to the House of Prayer, we seek to practically walk out our mission in a few different ways: the prayer room (we meet at the Marketplace Chapel), discipleship training, and partnering with local Churches. We have seen tremendous growth over the last year and are looking forward to more ways that we can practically walk out our mission statement.
At it’s most basic, my job is simply an “Intercessory Missionary.” Sounds a little intense, but hopefully I can help you understand it a bit.What is an Intercessory Missionary?

(For a much fuller answer, click here for the link to Joshua Hawkins’ blog (an intercessory missionary at the International House of Prayer in Kansas City))
To put it as simply as possible, an intercessory missionary is one who commits to giving the whole of their lives to intercession (as I explained above). It is different from a traditional missionary, but just as important in the days to come and in light of what is going on in the world today. Intercessory missionaries are one’s who are radical about prayer and believe that it makes a huge difference and are called to give their lives to the place of prayer. It is a vocation like any other, I see my role as an intercessory missionary as my job. While all believers are called to intercede, some are specifically called to this type of day and night intercession, and there is a Biblical precedent for this.
In Luke 18, Jesus encourages his followers to cry out for justice day and night, in Matthew 9, He encourages His disciples to pray that the Lord would send out labourers in the harvest, in Luke 2, we meet Anna, who devoted herself to day and night prayer for the first coming of Jesus. There are also examples of this type of prayer in the old Testament. King David set up a tabernacle and had numerous singers, musicians, and intercessors cry out day and night in worship to God. I believe wholeheartedly that it is where God has called me to for the time being. If you have any more questions, please check out Josh Hawkins’ blog (link is above) or email me!

So What do I do?
My role as an intercessory missionary is part time. I have chosen to commit 20 hours per week to the House of Prayer, 10 hours of my week are spent in the prayer room either leading worship, joining in intercession, or leading some aspect of ministry within the prayer room. The other 10 hours of my week are mixed. About 3-4 hours per week are spent in study and the remainder are spent doing various projects and fundraising. The House of Prayer does not pay me for my time, I must fully fundraise my own salary. Because of this, I must commit some time weekly to fundraise and communicate with my supporters. (If you would like more information about support and would like to support what I am doing, please click here)
Some of the projects that I am working on involve updating and re-designing our website, marketing and promotion for the House of Prayer (working on videos, various social networking sites, and communicating with local Churches), and preparing for the time I spend leading worship in the prayer room (finding new songs, songwriting, etc.). Each of us as missionaries has a very defined role and we ensure that each week we are following our minimum requirement of prayer room hours and service hours.

Why do I do This?
I began working at the House of Prayer in September, 2010, 4.5 months after I got married. I knew that I was called to the House of Prayer prior to my wedding, as I was volunteering there and really felt like it was a good fit given my strengths and passions. My time here has been incredible and God has only confirmed that it is the place to be for now. From incredible financial miracles, to the preparation and growth that He has done deep inside my heart, there is no doubt in my mind that this is where I should be. Not only do I get to lead worship often, I am constantly living by faith and seeing God come through in ways that only deepen my excitement for, and love of life. Along with this, it has strengthened my musical as well as creative gifts, which has made an impact on the other ministries that I am involved with as well. Many people question if this is wise given a new marriage and the financial inconsistency, but I do believe that this is where God wants me to be and will continue here until He calls Kirsten and I elsewhere.

An Invitation
I would love for you to come to the prayer room and get a better idea of exactly what goes on in there. We have 1.5 hour prayer meetings 2 times every weekday from 9-12 (I lead worship on Wednesday mornings at 10:30 if you would want to see that) in the Marketplace Chapel (West Edmonton Mall 2nd level by Fantasyland Hotel), as well as two 1 hour prayer meetings on Friday night’s from 7-9:00PM in the Marketplace Chapel. What I am most excited about, though, is HoPE Tuesdays! We have 1 hour of prayer and worship followed by 1 hour of teaching (I am often involved in the worship and sometimes am given the opportunity to teach). We meet at the lighthouse (McKernan Baptist Church Youth Building and day-care) at 11125-76 ave from 7-9:00PM (click here for a map).
House of Prayer Edmonton also hosts regular events where we bring in speakers from other Houses of Prayer or simply host special evenings of prayer for specific current happenings. If you want information about this, frequent our website.

Thanks for taking the time to read this, if you have any questions, leave a comment here or email me. Any offensive or argumentative comments will be removed! Thanks so much,

Daunavan Buyer


New Year, New Blog

Hello friends and supporters,
Now that the House of Prayer has launched a new website (www.hopedmonton.ca), I saw that the world of wordpress is much more functional that that of blogspot, so I decided that I would launch a new blog. I really want to use this more often than I have my previous one and I want it to be more useful. There is a lot of exciting stuff coming up and I know that God wants to teach me a lot this January, I look forward to what He wants to do and I want to use this as a tool to be able to keep you up to date with what I’m learning so that, hopefully, you too can be impacted. Please check back periodically or subscribe to this blog! If you have a blog (ministry related) that is worth following, send me a link and I will check it out! For now, just enjoy this site!

Blessings, and See you next week,

Daunavan

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