What works best for you in your private devotional life and in public worship?
In prayer I'm not sure any more, I used to love free and open prayer times but recently I've come to appreciate written prayers such as those from the Celtic tradition. Music especially Bach sets me worshipping at a place deeper than words can go...and bizarely films and TV can set me off connecting with God especially narrated stuff like the Shawshank Redemption and Desperate Housewives!!! Walking in the countryside or along the beach can also be a real point of worship and prayer...
What do you find difficult, when leading or participating in worship, and in your personal prayer life? Can you think why?
I have real difficulty with modern charasmatic worship, some lyrics e.g The wrath of God is satisfied from In Christ Alone leave me cold. I find discipline hard and need to work at creating regular prayer times. I think in the first instance this is hard froma purely personal point of view. One of the most helpful books I have read is Praying for your Personality...but I loaned it to someone I've forgotten who and its out of print now!!!
Have you ever had a mountain top experience, or an experience of darkenss, casn you describe what inspired or triggered it?
Yes to the mountain top and the dark time. The Mountain top experience was walking around the sea wall in Essex one day when the physical seemed to melt into the spiritual, it is an experience that has never left me and I am still unsure what to make of it... another time was when the twins were small and life seemed too much I was keenly aware almost tangibly of Jesus being in the room with me.
Wilderness rather than real black periods come and go, in these times I find it hard to pray or read the Bible, my devotional life goes to pot and I cling on to faith by my finger tips...that is where I am right now, yet at the same time I suspect that God is carrying me and all will be well again...
I guess this could be an meme
Any thoughts anyone?