• Our hope-filled future is bound up in sharing the story of Jesus, in discipling others, in bringing those disciples together into communities of believers, and in developing and releasing those believers to create other communities... till Jesus the King comes again!

Unfinished Stories

I’m not sure there is any better way to finish our study of A Praying Life other than quoting from the beginning and end of Paul Miller’s final chapter:

In the stories I’ve told in this book, we can see God weaving a tapestry.  In my experience, as we abide in him, he usually shows us what he is doing.  But sometime he doesn’t … We live in many overlapping stories, most of which are larger than us.  Each of us will die with unfinished stories.  We can never forget that God is God. Ultimately it is his story, not ours …

Some stories aren’t tied up until heaven.  Because of Kim, Jill longs for heaven.  This desire permeates her conversation.  Jill doesn’t say, “It’s a beautiful day outside.”  She says, “This would be a good day for Jesus to come back.  Everyone can see him.”  Jill wants to go home.  Living in unfinished stories draws us into God’s final act, the return of Jesus.  While we wait for his return, it is easy to predict the pattern of the last days.  The book of Revelation pictures a suffering church, dying as creation itself is unraveling.  Through suffering God will finally make his church beautiful and reveal his glory.  In the desert you see his glory.  In the last days the bride will be made beautiful, pure, waiting for her lover.  Come quickly, Lord Jesus.”

May the knowledge of the coming return of our King cause us to persevere with grace and courage in a “praying life”!

I would love to hear your reflections on this book in light of these questions.  Please post them as comments to this post.  I will make a summary of that feedback for a future post.

  • What has God shown you about a “praying life” through reflecting on the chapters in this book?
  • How do you desire to grow and change in your “praying life”?

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