Prayer – “the Kingdom of God is within you”

Pilgrim in Progress

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One day the Pharisees asked Jesus, “When will the Kingdom of God come?” Jesus replied, “The Kingdom of God can’t be detected by visible signs. You won’t be able to say, ‘Here it is!’ or ‘It’s over there!’ For the Kingdom of God is already among you.” – Luke 17:20-21

So Wednesday evenings I meet with one of the men’s covenant groups at Wake Forest Presbyterian Church. The principle idea behind the many covenant groups at our church is to provide a framework of commitment, encouragement, and accountability where people can grow as disciples of Jesus as we study scripture, pray, and share our journey.

This week there were thirteen of us, and we talked extensively about prayer. Fact is, the entire experience was prayer. Prayer – according to Christian thinker Richard Foster – is “the avenue to God’s heart.” In other words, prayer is both inflow and outflow…

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