Quote from John Powell
Praying in a prayer room can be scary. We come to God without an agenda or actually we allow Him to set the agenda. It is much more comfortable to pray according to a list or an acrostic like ACTS (Adoration, Confession, Thanksgiving, Supplication). We are in control we know where we are going, it is safe and predictable but often dull and boring. But when we come to God and just sit in His presence anything could happen … or nothing could happen. Both outcomes are unnerving.
John Powell had this to say in his book, “Happiness is an inside job.”
“At first none of us wants to admit it, but we are all afraid of getting too close to God. A thousand questions and doubts flood into us at the very thought of being close to God. What will God say to me? What will God ask of me? Where will God lead me? The unknown is always a little frightening. And in this case, the stakes are high. My whole life is involved …
Another essential condition for successful prayer is surrender. The very word terrifies us. But the fact of the matter is that the posture of surrender is a non negotiable for prayer.”