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Praycation – Draw Me Nearer!

Beloved, effective praying involves a number of ingredients: there is praise, confession, contrition, thanksgiving, commitment, meditation or creative listening, intercession and supplication. Supplication – is praying for our own needs asking God for something. It is an extension and amplification of the prayer breathing exercises that Lloyd Ogilvie writes about: “We exhale saying Lord, I need you and then inhale – Lord, I receive you.
William Walford, the hymn writer tells us that supplication is the Sweet hour of prayer when we bid at our father’s throne to make all our wants and wishes known.

Praycation is all of that! Since August 1st we have been on a spiritual discipline vacation from your ordinary prayer routine. It is a step away from routine prayer without catching a plane, boat or train. It is a journey from where you are right now to where you can be in Christ Jesus through prayer, praise, silence and study. This journey can be taken in a matter of seconds and minutes.

The increments of the journey are such that you can do it right where you are – home, work, or on your own vacation. It can be done with others or alone.

The goal is to draw closer to God by listening more to God than talking. It is your opportunity to slow down to see the hand of God working in your life; listening to discern the will of God for your life; finding strength in your weak places; becoming more centered in Christ; do more praising than complaining; do more studying so that God’s word is working in you.

We are also currently on the campus of the Oblate School of Theology, San Antonio, Texas at our first Praycation conference. Previously Praycation has only been a digital ministry.

We began outdoors in a beautiful grotto with an Evening of Sacred Music and Preparation for the journey. We continued yesterday sitting under the preached word of God and engaging in various prayer modules.
Last night before the Call to Silence, we sang Fanny Crosby’s I Am Thine, O Lord. It is a hymn that rose after an evening conversation with composer William Doane. It is written in the first person as a personal testimony as surrendering to Christ and a relationship forged in prayer.

The Biblical text is “Let us draw near with a true heart in full assurance of faith..”(Hebrews 10:22) The refrain lifts up the request to be drawn nearer to God, to “..thy precious bleeding side.” It is the hymn’s theological base around which the verses rely. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses and perfects the relationship.

Today beloved, let us echo the personal testimony of this hymn, Lord I belong to you. Let’s make a personal request to be drawn closer to God. No matter how tight you think you are with God, we could stand to be closer in our relationship with a savior Christ.

If you don’t know the hymn, find it on Google or YouTube it. Read the verses or listen to it. If you do know it, sing it to yourself and God as both supplication and testimony.

Beloved, share the Praycation messages with others in your digital social network. Email them to a friend. Share your thoughts in the comment section on this site. Keep up at www.twitter.com/vashtimckenzie.

Let us pray:

“Let us draw near to God with a sincere heart and with the full assurance that faith brings, having our hearts sprinkled to cleanse us from a guilty conscience and having our bodies washed with pure water.”
Hebrews 10: 22

Dear God,
We come today in full recognition that you already know our hidden sorrows, ardent requests, darkest fears and joys. Stand by us as we strive to live, as you desire. Consecrate us to your service as you draw us closer than ever before. Drawn nearer, nearer precious Lord! In Jesus name, Amen.

Bishop Vashti Murphy McKenzie



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