Good Folks, it is Friday, February 19, 2016.
My son Stephen has a birthday TODAY!
Lily Mackey gave me this coffee mug from one of her and Bill’s recent trips. The words are ever so true: “Prayer, The World’s Original Wireless Network.” Love the mug.
In last Sunday’s sermon on the Gospel of Luke, I elaborated that Luke emphasizes prayer as one its strengths. For instance, Jesus prayed prior to and during certain events.
- 3:21-22, his baptism
- 5:16, before collision with Pharisees
- 6:12, before choosing the 12 Disciples
- 9:18, before questioning the Disciples, “But who do you say that I am I?”
- 9:29, at the moment of Transfiguration
- 11:1ff, teaching the Disciples to pray and the perseverance of prayer
- 22:32, only Luke says that he prayed for Peter in the hour of his testing
- 23:46, upon the cross, “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit.”
How often should we pray? When? Why?
The Apostle Paul says, “Pray without ceasing.”
When? There is no right time but the present moment. When we pray, if it is always about asking something from God, have we regulated our prayers to nothing more than placing our “coins of prayer in the God’s Coca Cola machine waiting for something to be dispensed?” I would hope our prayers are not that shallow.
Why? Prayers are part of an ongoing relationship with God. Do not get me wrong about asking God for something in our prayers; however, praying is a two-way street between you and God. Like the words on the coffee cup, it is a “network.” Unique. Personal. Private. God hears our prayers. Let us incline our ears to God as well.
My daily asking of God is that I will grow in love, patience and wisdom. As much as I used to believe that a big bucket of these three would be showered down upon me like Gatorade on a football coach, I have grown to understand that God gives me opportunities to grow in love, in patience and in wisdom. I must take the initiative as God has taken the initiative with me.
See you Sunday in church.
God is depending on you to receive your marching orders specifically for you.
Read chapters 4-7 before Sunday. Luke, the Gospel.
Shalom, Paz, Peace, Pax.