A few years ago, I was editing a small Christian magazine, and we had commissioned a series of articles from Randy Harris, who had become popular for his "standup theologian" style of teaching at Abilene Christian University.

He sent me his first article hand-written and by fax. Who hand-writes articles, and who uses fax machines anymore? Randy's handwriting was difficult to decode, and I was a little frustrated, but what I did not know then was that he wrote that piece in the middle of his 40-day retreat at Lebh Shomea house of prayer in the Texas desert. He had no computer, no Internet.

This 40-day prayer retreat changed the life of Randy Harris. It started when he asked himself, "What would happen if I gave God my full attention for 40 days?"

The fact that I did not get the context of Randy's hand-written piece illustrates an important truth: I can't fully understand someone's prayer journey until I pay attention to God as well.

Like the Israelites waiting for Moses to come down from Mount ...

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