Adding personality to prayer
God wants to meet us where we are, doing what we like, being the unique selves He designed us to be, advocates Lyndall Bywater, a prayer movement leader in Britain who for the past decade served in the same capacity for The Salvation Army in the United Kingdom and Ireland Territory. She spoke before a rapt audience of Central territorial headquarters staff and guests from the Metropolitan Division at a prayer luncheon sponsored by Lt. Colonel Dorothy Smith, territorial ambassador for prayer.
Lyndall encourages Christians to discover and use their unique, God-given personalities to experience His presence during prayer. She said believers can unwittingly set themselves up for their own perceived failure at prayer because it doesn't "measure up" to the practices of others.
"There's no such thing as ‘good' or ‘bad' prayer," she added. "The disciplines of prayer are not the character of prayer." To rely solely on disciplines can result in dryness, whereas God wants to be where we are and enjoy what we do, Lyndall said, citing the promise from John 15 that if we remain in Him, He will remain in us.
A deeper commitment to prayer has revolutionized the Army in the United Kingdom over the last decade, Lyndall reported. "The Army's reputation has just been the hors d'oeuvres of what God intends to do!"
The next morning during territorial headquarters' weekly Global Prayer Meeting, Lyndall commented on the inestimable value of the worldwide Army being bathed in prayer. Using participants' guides issued weekly by International Headquarters, the group's prayer focused on the International Vision Statement, "One Army, One Mission, One Message," and on specific territories, commands and regions.