The problem with PRAYER
It was 9:30pm and I was stranded, in a parking lot, over an hour away from my home. My white 1998 Isuzu Rodeo, bragging over 275,000 miles, would not start. In frustration, I punched my steering wheel and yelled some un-pastor-like words. Flinging my door open, I popped the hood and walked around to see if I could identify a solution. In all honestly, I am not a mechanic and I don’t have AAA. There was no obvious solution.
In desperation, I leaned over, put both hands on my car and voiced a simple prayer like this:
“God. You know I am tired and want to get home tonight to Jenny, my wife, and my sweet children Cole, Noah, Sara and Jake. Please help me.”
With no other option I got back in the car, turned the ignition key, and my old Rodeo cranked right up. It was like a modern-day miracle. On my way home, I had visions of starting my own car-healing-ministry. My prayer life was on fire.
A few days later I was standing, as a pastor, a neighbor and a friend, at the foot of a hospital bed where my across-the-street-neighbor was suddenly facing some critical health issues. His wife and three teenage boys were huddled in that small ICU room. After a few minutes of conversations with the family, I asked if I could lead them in a prayer. Circled around the hospital bed, with tears, I leaned over, put both hands on his arm and I prayed a simple prayer like this:
“God. I know You love this family. I ask that You heal this man and help this family.”
A few days later, my neighbor died. Can you sense the tension in this?
The main point of prayer is not to make life easier, nor to gain magical powers, but to KNOW GOD. I need God more than anything I might get from God. I think you can relate to this too.
King David prayed; “O Lord, hear me as I pray; pay attention to my groaning. Listen to my cry for help, my King and my God, for I pray to no one but you. Each morning I bring my requests to you and wait expectantly.”
Whether everything is working in your favor or you are struggling to keep it together, would you consider talking to God and listening for God’s whisper throughout this day? Maybe you would voice this prayer out loud: “God, I need You in this moment. What do You want me to do/say/learn?”