Watching, Waiting, Walking: A pattern of prayer and a path for disciples
Engaging and anecdotal in style, Watching, Waiting, Walking is structured around three key moments in the transformation of one of Jesus’ closest friends: St Peter. In the garden of Gethsemane, Peter is told to ‘watch’ his life. Then, along with the other disciples on the Mount of Transfiguration, he is told to ‘wait’ for the Holy Spirit. And in Jerusalem, following Pentecost, he ‘walks’ out to address the crowd, and subsequently heals a crippled man who begins to walk himself.
Andy Rider believes that reflecting on this pattern of watching, waiting and walking can not only help to shape our prayers on a daily basis, but also to deepen our ability to perceive where we are in the cycle of discipleship. And given the author’s honesty about his now times of struggle and reassurance, this warm-hearted column cannot fail to encourage us – whatever our circumstances – to become more open to the work of God’s transforming spirit.
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