I don’t consider myself an apostle. Nevertheless, today I feel kind of like one. Apostles invest their lives in a certain place for a certain amount of time, and then God moves then on to minister in a new place, for another period of time. If the Apostle Paul serves as an example, apostles don’t forget about the people they’ve ministered to over the years and miles—they continue to pray for them, encourage them, and perhaps even visit occasionally. But the face of their ministry changes as God moves them in new directions.
For the past 10 years I have given my life to connecting people to God through prayer. First as editor of Pray! magazine, then as editor of prayer resources, both through NavPress. I’ve used whatever means were available—writing, editing, speaking, teaching, one-on-one mentoring—to reach as many as possible with the good news that two-way conversations with God are the key to deep, satisfying, personal relationship with Him.
And this message and ministry will always be crucial for me. However, over the past year or two, God has helped me to see that prayer alone is not enough for knowing Him and relating to Him as He really is. We also need the His written Word.
Hearing God through Scripture
God has revealed Himself in Scripture—yet many of His children struggle with the Bible. They find it intimidating, difficult, off-putting or irrelevant. Which means that many believers have only a second-hand experience of Scripture, passed on to them through the interpretations and experiences of pastors, authors, and conference speakers. This not only leaves them vulnerable to error and deception, but also deprives them of the primary way God has given us to hear from Him. God speaks to us through His Word. If we aren’t reading it for ourselves, we’re missing the main way He communicates with us.
So, God has opened a new door of ministry for me at a ministry that focuses on helping people get into in-depth, life-transforming, verse-by-verse Bible study. I’ll be joining the team at Community Bible Study (www.communitybiblestudy.org), helping them in the publishing end of all their wonderful Bible study materials.
But I prayer will remain the foundation of who I am and how I minister. So to that end, I plan to continue to blog (at a new website–cynthiaprayblog.wordpress.com), lead weekend retreats, write Bible studies, teach, or whatever else the Lord gives me to do to help His people connect with Him through prayer.
So please stay in touch! I don’t want to lose you. You won’t find me at the NavPress blog anymore, so why not take a minute right now to make sure we’ll still be connected. You can do that by one of these ways:
1. Go to my Facebook author page (http://www.facebook.com/pages/Cynthia-Hyle-Bezek/195850677138953) and click on “like.” You will be updated everytime I post a new blog.
2. Go to cynthiaprayblog.wordpress.com and register. You have to jump through a couple of hoops, but it’s not hard, and it’s totally worth it. After you get the confirmation of your registration, plug in the URL for my blog (cynthiaprayblog.wordpress.com). Once you are on my actual blog page, look at the top left where you’ll see “Follow blog via email.” Click on “follow” and you will automatically be subscribed so that every time I post something new, you will be notified.
Other things to keep in mind—if you haven’t already become a member of the Pray Network, now would be a great time to do that. I’ll still hang out there, along with more than 3,000 other prayer-minded folks. Joining is free and easy. Just go to www.praynetwork.org and follow the directions.
If you haven’t used my Prayer Begins with Relationship Bible study or read my book on personal prayer retreats, Come Away with Me, those are other ways to feel connected. They’re both available at www.navpress.com, along with many other wonderful prayer resources.
So, though I am leaving NavPress, I am not leaving you—or I don’t want to, anyhow. Please take a few minutes now to stay connected. And know that I am praying for you. Actually, it’s an apostle’s prayer, taken from Ephesians 1:
I have not stopped giving thanks for you, remembering you in my prayers. I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spiritof wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. I pray also that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. (16-19)