Tuesday, February 10, 2015

What we are learning from Primitive Methodism - part one

Praxeis” is a movement based in Melbourne with a vision to reach the nation of Australia. The word “Praxeis” is the Greek word for “Acts”, as in the Acts of the Apostles.

Australia consists of some 23 million people, of almost every nation and language group in the world. Australia is a so-called multi-cultural society, with a significant proportion of Christians, Jews, Buddhists, Muslims, Hindus and many other religious groupings. It is a geographically large continent, with four time zones, and vast distances between major cities. This is the first of four ways that we are learning from the Primitive Methodists.

1. We are learning that prayer is "core business"

We are learning that prayer is not an optional extra, where we ask God to bless our activity and programmes. Rather we are learning that prayer is a process of listening to God, hearing his voice, and responding in obedience to God's word. Hugh Bourne recognised the importance of cottage prayer meetings, and he called those who prayed the "pious praying labourers". Prayer meetings were powerful times and new converts were remarkably strong in their new found faith. We are learning that it is in prayer meetings that the “DNA” of Praxeis is transmitted.

In much of our conventional ministry, programmes and activities lack the active presence of the Spirit of God. Passionate, persistent prevailing prayer is like putting petrol into the fuel tank. Without prayer, we are attempting to drive a car that has run out of petrol. We can go through the motions, with our feet on the pedals, and hands on the wheel, but there is no power to move the car forward.

Find more information on the  Praxeis website

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