Maybe it is me, but I do notice that one line gets used and abused far too frequently in the community of Christ Followers : "I'll pray for you". But before you jump all over me for such a comment, I think you would have to agree that when people hear some unfortunate news they are quick to respond with that line and then carry on with life with no sincere commitment to uttering a prayer. In my opinion, it is best that you never say you will pray if you really do not prioritize prayer in your life.
To me prayer is a very sacred experience and it will always be viewed in that context. I will not commit to praying for you or your situation if I am not able, willing or sincere about doing so. I would think it saddens our Lord to think that prayer has become such an automated response to fall into the same category as the answer to the question, "How are you?" and you answer " I'm fine". In reality, your world is falling apart and you just answered that you are totally fine without any thinking involved and sadly I think the reply " I'll pray for you", has fallen into the same category.
For me prayer is such an amazing place of peace, it is the only place I can go to and block out all distractions and hear so much in the silence as I unburden my soul to the one who created me. I see it as a place of silence and solitude, where tears can flow and transparency can be raw and real. I know I will not be judged but I can be open and honest because there is unconditional acceptance and forgiveness and the healing response that only One person can give.
I have seen the power of prayer;lives changed, marriages restored, financial burdens lifted, jobs found and illnesses healed and the list goes on. Not because people took the idea of prayer lightly but because they were committed and sincere in taking their praises and requests before the Father. I am incredibly thankful that I can openly and freely pray without any restrictions. The place, the position and the timing are not static and I look forward to a time in pray on a daily basis.
When we were looking for a church, the focus on prayer needed to be front and centre in my list of what was important. Because every decision needs to be grounded in prayer, it needs to be part of every worship experience, gatherings where we come together to do life together. Community thrives on the foundation of prayer as we genuinely care for each other.
So last evening as we attended the first business meeting of this church, it warmed my soul to hear the worship pastor state: "We want to be known as a house of prayer". And at that point I knew we had found the church home where we belonged. This morning I prayed in our home and gave thanks for the privilege to worship and now be part of such a community.
Give prayer the place of significance it needs in your life. Not just when the wheels fall off and tragedy strikes and the nation runs to pray - everyday needs to be surrendered before your feet hit the floor. You have so much to be thankful for!
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