Prayer in the Making

Prayer in the Making
Lyndall talks about prayer and life, and how to mix them both together.

A coronavirus Retreat Part 8: Crossing over
Apr 4 • 10 min
Thoughts on those stories in the Old Testament about the Israelites finding ways through rivers and seas … rye stopping of the flow, the opening of a way and the chance to cross to somewhere and something new.
A coronavirus Retreat Part 7: Who’s in control around here?
Apr 2 • 12 min
Getting into a bit of prayer theology about how sovereignty and human agency work. Is God in control? Are we in control? And how do we pray in the midst of those questions?
A Coronavirus Retreat Part 6: Let it be
Mar 29 • 12 min
What does prayer look like on the days when this doesn’t feel doable?
A coronavirus Retreat Part 5: The ‘one word’ technique
Mar 25 • 11 min
Thoughts on turning prayer from a flood of words into a simpler, deeper, fuller, more meaningful connection with God.
A Coronavirus Retreat Part 4: At home
Mar 24 • 10 min
Well, we’re all at home for a while. But home can be a place that’s full of the living, loving presence of God. Here’s some thoughts on how …
A coronavirus Retreat Part 3: Being Present
Mar 22 • 4 min
Thoughts on multitasking, focusing, living well and lighting candles …
A coronavirus Retreat Part 2: Steadying
Mar 21 • 4 min
Thoughts on finding our balance amidst the wobbly-ness of it all.
A coronavirus Retreat Part 1: Going beneath
Mar 20 • 9 min
This is a strange old time, isn’t it … So why don’t we make it a retreat? Here are my first three tips on how to get your coronavirus retreat underway. It’s all about becoming a submarine …
The nub of it all (Chapter 12 Part 2)
Apr 20, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 12: Resilience; Part 2: Growing a Relationship. It’s the last episode in this Prayer in the Making Lent Bookclub, and this is my attempt to get to the heart of things. Thanks for listening, and May your prayer life go from strength to strength.
Praying the way you’re made (Chapter 12 Part 1)
Apr 18, 2019 • 15 min
Chapter 12: Resilience; Part 1: Building a Rhythm. If our relationships with our loved ones always include things we really love to do, then how much more our relationship with God? Yet how often do we focus on the areas of prayer we think we need to…
Essential ingredients for a breakthrough (Chapter 11 Part 2)
Apr 16, 2019 • 16 min
Chapter 11: Warfare; Part 2: Victory Strategies. The Bible is full of stories about people who needed to hold their ground until God helped them win victory and find breakthrough. One of my favourites is Gideon, and this is a little reflection on the…
Alienation and homecoming (Chapter 11 Part 1)
Apr 14, 2019 • 15 min
Chapter 11: Warfare; Part 1: Opposition Strategies. Why is prayer so hard? The answer is partly because it’s opposed. Since the dawn of time, the enemy has been sowing alienation between humankind and God. Here’s how … and here are some suggestions as to…
Praying the Bible for your local community (Chapter 10 Part 2)
Apr 13, 2019 • 14 min
Chapter 10: Scripture; Part 2: Justice and Kingdom. How do you take what was written in the Bible centuries ago and pray it for your 21st century community? This is a few thoughts on how we need to approach scripture when we’re seeking to pray it in our…
Reading the Bible with all 5 senses (Chapter 10 Part 1)
Apr 11, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 10: Scripture; Part 1: Power and Promise. One of my biggest struggles with prayer over the years has been how to keep myself fresh and open to hearing God’s voice in the Bible. Of course that’s essentially the work of the Holy Spirit but it’s also…
The tricky subject of praying out loud (Chapter 9 Part 2)
Apr 9, 2019 • 15 min
Chapter 9: Voice and Body; Part 2: Praying out loud. After a lot of years of praying with people in prayer meetings, I have some thoughts on how we might make praying out loud more engaging and more enjoyable. This isn’t really about how you pluck up the…
A menu of fasting options (Chapter 9 Part 1)
Apr 7, 2019 • 13 min
Chapter 9: Voice and Body; Part 1: Praying with your Body. This chapter mentions fasting briefly, so this podcast digs into that subject a bit more. It’s an intro to three different types of fasting.
Thoughts on forgiveness (Chapter 8 Part 2)
Apr 6, 2019 • 13 min
Chapter 8: Restoration; Part 2: Forgiveness. These are just a few thoughts on how the act of turning to God in prayer can make it easier for us to forgive others.
Wound management (Chapter 8 Part 1)
Apr 4, 2019 • 14 min
Chapter 8: Restoration; Part 1: Inner Healing. If God is doing a work of renovation, restoration and transformation in us, then prayer is the place where we receive it. This is me talking through a few questions that help us partner in that work of…
Another brick in the wall (Chapter 7 Part 2)
Apr 3, 2019 • 8 min
Chapter 7: Strategy; Part 2: Prayerful Persevering. This is all about how we probably need to change our view of prayer if we’re going to learn how to keep praying for the same thing for a long time.
Getting life in focus (Chapter 7 Part 1)
Apr 1, 2019 • 14 min
Chapter 7: Strategy; Part 1: Prayerful planning. This episode looks at 3 questions we can ask ourselves, to help set focus and direction in the way were living and the things we’re praying for.
You need to want (Chapter 6 Part 2)
Mar 30, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 6: Intercession; Part 2: Heart Prayers. This is a bit about the importance of expressing our own desires in prayer … telling God what we want. We’re often afraid to do that in case we’re wrong or we’re being selfish, but we need to learn to pour…
Splendidly specific (Chapter 6 Part 1)
Mar 29, 2019 • 11 min
Chapter 6: Intercessian; Part 1: Shoulder Prayers. These are the confessions of a non-specific pray-er. When it comes to intercession, I am far better at big, vague, conceptual prayers, but I want to get better about being specific in what I pray for, so…
Don’t feel bad for getting bored (Chapter 5 Part 2)
Mar 27, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 5: Action; Part 2: Doing and Making. If you’re the type who finds stillness difficult, then take heart. This is me talking about how God doesn’t just show up when we sit still.
Prayer action stories (Chapter 5 Part 1
Mar 25, 2019 • 12 min
Chapter 5: Action; Part 1: Prayer beyond Words. Sometimes words fail us in prayer. They’re not enough, or we just can’t find the right ones. But fortunately God isn’t limited to words. This is me telling a few stories about times when I’ve used actions as…
Healing balm (Chapter 4 Part 2)
Mar 23, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 4: Stillness; Part 2: Feeling and Filling. Some reflections on stillness, healing and the Balm of Gilead.
Soul-parenting (Chapter 4 Part 1)
Mar 21, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 4: Stillness; Part 1: Making Space for God. Learning to still your body is one thing, but learning to still your soul is quite a different thing. Here are a few tips which might help.
The wonder of stories (Chapter 3 Part 2)
Mar 19, 2019 • 10 min
Chapter 3: Listening; Part 2: Listening with the Senses. This is all about stories … why they mean so much to us when we’re little, why they still matter today, even when we’re grown up, and how God uses them to speak to us.
God and sat navs (Chapter 3 Part 1)
Mar 17, 2019 • 14 min
Chapter 3: Listening; Part 1: Recognising God’s Voice
Grief is worship (Chapter 2 Part 2)
Mar 15, 2019 • 11 min
Chapter 2: Worship; Part 2: Grief and Gratitude. This is me talking about grief: how it doesn’t stop us worshipping or get in the way of worship. Grief really is worship.
Mini Explosions (Chapter 2 Part 1
Mar 13, 2019 • 8 min
Chapter 2: Worship; Part 1: Presence and Praise. This is me sharing a few of my favourite tips for bringing praise and worship to life in me, especially when I’ve become too familiar with God’s goodness … when I’m in danger of losing my wonder.
Deep calls to deep (Chapter 1 Part 2)
Mar 12, 2019 • 8 min
We’re on to the second half of the Encounter chapter, called Heart to Heart, and this is me talking a bit about the importance of telling God how we feel when we pray, even if he already knows.
God is real (Chapter 1 Part 1)
Mar 11, 2019 • 12 min
Today we’re reading Chapter 1 Part 1: Face to face, and this is me talking about knowing God is real and present when we pray.
God wants to be with you (Introduction and Foreword)
Mar 8, 2019 • 13 min
A little delve into what may be the most important thing you’ll ever learn about prayer
Episode 1: The best and worst of Prayer (Foreword and Introduction)
Mar 6, 2019 • 11 min
In this episode we’re talking about our favourite prayer times … and our least favourite prayer times. Go on … join the conversation! We’d love to hear about your best and worst prayer moments … and we promise we won’t judge :)
Lent Bookclub info and instructions
Mar 1, 2019 • 8 min
This is me telling you how the bookclub will work once we get started on Wednesday 6th.
About the Prayer in the Making Lent Bookclub
Feb 15, 2019 • 4 min
Find out how the Bookclub will work and where you can get the book, “Prayer in the Making”, by Lyndall Bywater