I love prayer. If I’m honest, I haven’t always loved prayer. Years ago it felt like a “waste of time.” No good Christian would ever say that out loud, would they? The truth is, I don’t know that I saw it as a waste of time at that time, it simply came down to needing to get things done. I loved being major accomplishing and checking off my lists; it felt good.
Slowly God started wrecking this view of mine. As much as there are so many good things we can do, we can’t do it effectively without being connected to God. John 15 talks very clearly about this. John 15:5 says, I am the vine; you are the branches. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.
As I looked further, I read in Luke 5 where Jesus walked away from physically healing people in order to pray. Luke 5:16 says, But now even more the report about him went abroad, and great crowds gathered to hear him and to be healed of their infirmities. But he would withdraw to desolate places and pray. If Jesus, who was healing the sick, was going off to pray, why did I think the “work” I was doing in my office was too important to stop doing.
So years ago I started to implement an hour in the prayer room as part of our work time at First Glance. I had to. I had to because I realized that God is the one who transforms hearts and lives, and the best thing I can do for our students is to pray for them. It beats out anything I can accomplish in my office.
Since then I have grown to love it more and more. God, the creator of the universe, interacts in our lives. Isn’t that amazing?? I am in constant awe of this.
So I’ve fallen in love with prayer. I get excited about it. I become passionate.
In my personal blog I wrote a whole blog post about prayer. I was excited and wanted others to be excited too. A couple days later I wrote another blog about grief. What surprised me, but should have, was that 25 people read my post about prayer while 429 read my post about grief.
My initial reaction was concern and disappointment—not because I really care who reads my blog. My heart broke because I feel that so many Christians are missing out on how amazing prayer is! I did—for years and years of my life. It’s why I’m so passionate about it now! God, the creator of the universe, the one who simply spoke things into being, interacts in our lives! I’m not sure there is anything more amazing than that!
Noelle includes this three-minute video clip by John Piper about prayer—click HERE
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