Words from the Pastor - October 2015
“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. At the same time pray for us as well that God will open to us a door for the word, that we may declare the mystery of Christ, for which I am in prison, so that I may reveal it clearly, as I should.” Colossians 4: 2-4
There is a resource that I use when meeting with a couple wishing to marry. It’s a 115-question, multiple-choice inventory that covers issues married couples face. One of the issues is spirituality, or religion. Many of the young couples I meet with do not practice much of a spiritual life. They are young, their health is good, and they are focused on enjoying their life together, and perhaps having a family. But one of the answers they often check is the one that says, “I think prayer is an untapped resource for us.” Even if we don’t use the resource of prayer to its fullest in our lives, most of us believe it could be valuable if we took the time to use it.
For me, prayer is a mysterious thing. It’s more than simply asking and receiving. It is a means of deepening one’s relationship with God. It helps us to see how God is working in and around us. It helps us to see what God is trying to show us. It can keep us on the mission and purpose God has for us if we make better use of this “untapped resource.”
Without prayer, we live on “auto pilot,” doing things but not realizing the fullness of God’s work in our lives.
We have started a ministry called “Focus on Prayer” meeting 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month at 6:30 pm. Consider joining us. Believing that prayer is a powerful “untapped resource” for individuals and for our church, the group hopes to do the following:
- Increase our focus on prayer as an important daily practice
- Partner with God by taking action to play a role in answering our own prayers.
I believe it’s possible to have a more productive prayer life by focusing prayer both on personal needs and on our outreach to the community as well. We then take action, with God’s help to affect an answer, empowered by God.
Do you have any questions or suggestions as to how we might do this? Any specific prayers we might focus on as a church? Please let me know as we develop specifics that will help us make the most of this “untapped resource” for all of us.
Blessings to you all and see you at church!