Let’s Pray About It...
How often do you hear someone who says, “I’m praying for you.” Do you ever wonder why they might feel the need to tell you? Your response might be: “Uhh.. thanks!” Well I guess that’s usually my personal response.
Me? Why me? There have been so many times when I can’t stop myself from wondering why someone would want to pray for me.
Is it that obvious that something might be wrong?
No. That’s not it at all. People pray because they love and care about you. It really is such a blessing to have a community where someone would take a few minutes out of their day to pray and think about you.
When a few student leaders, including myself, had the opportunity to go to Dallas, Texas for a Leadership Conference, I got the chance to get to know some people I didn’t actually know before. There was a moment when one of the students had lost their wallet, and a friend stopped and said, “Let’s stop looking and pray about it!” Wait. What? Without thinking about it, I laughed out loud.. because that’s what I usually do when I think something is funny or I feel uncomfortable. But the thing is, she was serious. She stopped, we prayed, it was genuine, and I learned something that day.
Something I also learned over the past few weeks is that I need discipline. As a matter of fact, all of us need to develop spiritual discipline. Focusing on quiet time, reading, journaling where we are in our faith and praying. Actually praying.
How do I pray? What do I pray about? Simply and honestly.
When we take the time in our busy schedules to focus on God; to give Him a few minutes of each day and be honest with Him, it could begin to mean so much more. Make the time for yourself to stop and be real. This way of practicing discipline helps us get into the habit of being genuine with God and with ourselves, because we need more of that.
Maybe we can be more like my friend who, in a looking moment, stopped to pray right then and there for a wallet. But remember, when you speak words, make sure you mean what you say. You are after all, talking to a God who knows everything about you and wants you to recognize that He wants to be apart of your everyday life.
“Here’s what I want you to do: Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God. Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage. The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.” --Matthew 6:6
P.S. We found the wallet.. :)
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