Good Morning, October 6, 2014
A couple of weeks ago I wrote about the importance of seeking God’s will in and through our prayers. But another thing about prayer that I struggle with is how little I pray. Sure I pray at mealtime and I pray in the morning during my quiet time but during the day I just do not praise Him, thank Him, confess my sins to Him or lay things before The Lord very often. I have hundreds of blessings in my life, but all too often I do not acknowledge or thank The Lord for them. When faced with a decision, I assess the situation before me, make my decision on how to proceed and then on that rare occasion I will ask The Lord to bless my decision. There are times I do pray and ask God to show me His will and direction, instead of making the decision on my own, but definitely not often enough. And when it comes to prayer with my fellow believers? I think this only happens before a meal or maybe the start of a meeting. I think individually and a lot of us corporately are not talking or listening to our Lord enough.
I received an email this past week from Jeff Kreiser, a friend, community leader and pastor. Jeff has been and continues to be a champion of prayer. I would like to share a portion of Jeff’s email.
On the matter of prayer, let me share my heart with you! I am up early three or four days a week, and pass by the Muslim Community Center next to Lakeside Church. Cars jam the parking lot and the street (at 5:30 am) as crowds gather for morning prayers and to connect. Where is our devotion to prayer? Where is our knowledge that our God and Father – the one true God – loves to hear from us? How is it that Jesus would teach us to pray, Matthew 6:10 “your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven”and we not believe that praying this really moves the heart of God and the hearts of his people to see the kingdom manifest on the earth?
You all know this. You are pray-ers to your Father in heaven through Jesus Christ. I want to implore you to participate with other pray-ers in your own congregation and across churches in these coming weeks. Let’s lean into prayer and call others to join us!
The Holy Spirit used Jeff’s email to cut to my heart. Where is my devotion to prayer? I am devoted to talking to Laura and to talking to my friends. I am devoted to getting advice from them; but talking to The Lord of my life, Jesus Christ. and seeking His will and direction, in all things, is lacking at best. Paul lays out how much we should be talking to God in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray Continually. He doesn’t say, Pray when I am in a crisis. He doesn’t say, Pray when I want something. He says, Pray Continually.
I am challenged to make prayer to my Lord, Jesus Christ, a priority in my life both individually and corporately, with my brothers and sisters in Christ. May I learn to trust the Lord in every area of my life. May He be glorified in my every word and deed! If you feel your prayer life is similar to mine, I would like to challenge you in the area of prayer. May we join together to draw near to Jesus through our prayer.
Psalms 143:8 Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.