Faith Community Church is in the middle of studying and practicing the rigorous honesty of the prayers found in Psalms. One of the godly men, who has taught me so much about prayer from his writings, is the great Henri Nouwen. In his book “In The Name of Jesus” Henri addresses future church leaders, but what he says is so rich it also applies to anyone.
“The original meaning of the word ‘theology’ was ‘union with God in prayer’ . . . Christian leaders [and I would add Christians of any kind] have to learn to listen again and again to the voice of love and to find there the wisdom and courage to address whatever issue presents itself to them. Dealing with burning issues without being rooted in a deep personal relationship with God easily leads to divisiveness because, before we know it, our sense of self is caught up in our opinion about a given subject. But when we are securely rooted in personal intimacy with the source of life, it will be possible to remain flexible without being relativistic, convinced without being rigid, willing to confront without being offensive, gentle and forgiving without being soft, and true witnesses without being manipulative.”