The FORMED Project

Practices to Become More Like Jesus


The FORMED Project is an ongoing way to encourage and equip Redemption Tempe to participate in Christian practices in order to be intentionally formed more into the image of Jesus.

Have you ever thought about the ways you are being formed? Whether we realize it or not, we are all being formed by powerful daily habits. If we are not intentional, the habits of our culture will form us more than the ways of Jesus, and we will be formed into images of other things instead of the image of Jesus. Rather than being unintentionally shaped by our environment, we want to be intentionally formed by the Holy Spirit through Christian practices in our lives. 

Many people are familiar with reading the Bible and prayer, but it can be difficult to make these practices become intentional rhythms of our lives. There is a wealth of different ways to connect with and experience God. During The FORMED Project, we will be applying these ways so we can encounter God, and be transformed by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Resources for The FORMED Project available in the lobby on Sundays:

  • The FORMED Project Brochure – Overview & Calendar (free)
  • The FORMED Project Journal ($10)
  • Spiritual Disciplines Handbook: Practices That Transform Us by Adele Calhoun ($20)

Watch monthly videos for The FORMED Project:

 


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“Train yourself for godliness; for while bodily training is of some value, godliness is of value in every way, as it holds promise for the present life and also for the life to come.” -1 Timothy 4:7-8

March Practice:

Fixed Hour Prayer with The Lord’s Prayer

 
Teaching Video:

WHAT IS FIXED HOUR PRAYER?

Fixed Hour Prayer is a structured pattern of prayer at different times throughout the day. We practice this when we set aside times throughout our day for prayer so we can encounter God and attend to His presence. This is one of the oldest practices for the people of God, and in the Old Testament, Israel had set times to pray throughout the day. We see that King David prayed 7 times a day in Psalm 119:64. As we look at Jesus and the Jewish people, we see that they prayed at set hours of the day at the temple. To continue this practice, the disciples prayed at set times during the day, and this became an important rhythm of the early church. The Didache was an influential and formative manual for the early church, and it encouraged all Christians to pray the Lord’s Prayer 3 times a day. 

 

WHY DO WE PRACTICE FIXED HOUR PRAYER?

We pray at various times throughout the day so we can orient our lives towards Christ, and we can structure our days around the Lord to intentionally encounter Him. As we do this, we acknowledge that all time belongs to God, and we weave prayer into the fabric of our day. Through our times of prayer we seek God’s face, His Kingdom, and His will in every area of our lives. Fixed Hour Prayer is important because how we spend our days is how we will spend our lives.

 

HOW DO WE PRACTICE FIXED HOUR PRAYER? (PRAY THE LORD’S PRAYER)

As a whole church, we are praying the Lord’s Prayer 3 times a day at 8AM, 1PM, and 7PM. We have created a really helpful prayer guide for the Lord’s Prayer that you can find on our website at: http://tempe.redemptionaz.com/wp-content/uploads/sites/5/2020/03/LORDS-PRAYER-GUIDEai.pdf

We are encouraging people to pray the Lord’s Prayer in 3 different ways:

  1. Pray the Lord’s Prayer. This takes about 1 minute.
  2. Pray the Lord’s Prayer line by line and use it as a springboard into prayer. This takes 5-10 minutes.
  3. Pray slowly through the Lord’s Prayer. As you do this, meditate on it, pray reflective prayers through it, or you could practice Lectio Divina with the Lord’s Prayer. This will take 10-30 minutes depending on how you pray.

 

Family Activities

Pre-K through 4th Grade:

Pray the Lord’s Prayer together as a family. Have your kids memorize part of the Lord’s Prayer or the entire prayer. Have your kids lead your family prayer time.

Kids in 5th and 6th Grade: 

Pray the Lord’s Prayer as a family. As you do this, have your kids memorize the Lord’s Prayer. Have them lead your family prayer time.

 

For Further Reading

The Lord and His Prayer by N.T. Wright

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