And “something” continues (referring to the “something” I mentioned in last week’s email about God doing ‘something’ with/in me). It’s been going on for several weeks now…it’s been painful, it’s been glorious, it’s hurt, it’s felt great…and I want it to continue. I pray that it continues. Speaking of prayer…that’s one of many areas hit by this ‘something’ (I’ll start calling the ‘something’ by what’s really going on…the Holy Spirit is working, and I’m (finally) listening).
But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. [Luke 5:16 ESV]
I try to “get silent” before God…but I don’t try often, and it’s been awhile since I’ve really tried. I’ve let the business of life steal time. I spend several commutes downtown as prayer time, and those are frequently good prayer times…but even when it’s good, I’m often distracted. I put the Creator of the Universe on hold so I can change lanes. And He’s okay with that, He wants me to talk to Him…pray without ceasing…but I also need to “be still and know that He is God.” I need to withdraw and pray, not just give Him the seconds (maybe minutes) between my daily distractions. I need to do more than Post-it Note prayers.
I need to be watchful in prayer (Colossians 4:2)…hmm, don’t think the quick prayer while riding an elevator is really watchful, at least in and of itself. These small, quick, prayers aren’t bad…again we are to pray at all times…but if that’s all we’re doing…we ain’t doing it right. So I’ve made it a focus to pull away from the hustle and bustle, find a desolate place…and spend time with the Great I Am.
Pray – Ephesians 6:18 – at all times in the Spirit – keeping alert, persevere…
I need to set aside my pride, my arrogance (isn’t that a form of pride?), my need to control (hmm…pride again) and devote time to the God who loves me. Kind of stupid on my part not to invest more into spending time with Him…the one who provides comfort and power.
We need to pray, pray on our own…and pray together. And to that end, I invite all of y’all to join me Sunday morning. I plan on going up to the alter…probably over by the cross and publicly show my need for prayer.
Prayer is worship…I want to worship Him.
Prayer is acknowledging I don’t have it all together…and I’m highly qualified in the “not together” category.
Prayer is humbling myself before Him…and I need to be humbled (that pride thing again).
Prayer is honoring and glorifying my God…and He is worthy of ALL honor and glory.
I’m old, and out of shape, I imagine my knees won’t do too well kneeling on the hard floor…so I’ll be the guy sitting on the floor if my back is bothering me I might even drag a chair up with me. But after Darryl is done delivering God’s message to us and while we worship in music, I’m going to worship in prayer. Probably start doing that more often…might not be up there every week (don’t want to do it just to do it…it’s not about me and my works). Join me if you feel led. I’ll be there…I’ve got some catching up to do.