When Everyone Was In On It

Is anyone still surprised that time flies? We comment on it repeatedly as if it suddenly sped up: “Can you believe it is the middle of October?” Actually, I can’t believe it! How can it be the middle of October already?!

I find myself looking at the day and all the hours in it and then suddenly there are no more hours and I have hardly made a dent in all that needed to be done. That is sobering isn’t it? I think in the larger picture, it is even more disquieting. Not only do I want to make a dent on my list but more importantly, I want to make a dent in life. I want to accomplish some things of significance; I especially want to live with significance.

And yet in all this chasing, the very thing, the key, I rush past. Do you?

D. L. Moody once said, “Next to the wonder of seeing my Saviour will be, I think, the wonder that I made so little use of the power of prayer.”

There’s a life regret. I am so thankful for this mentor from the past who urges us in the present to do better!

There was a time when people really understood the place of prayer. I am not saying they did this perfectly, but there was a time when people did not brush past it. In the first chapter of Luke, for example, we read how “all the assembled worshipers were praying outside.” Community Prayer was a familiar and urgent practice.

In some ways, I think prayer has become awkward in the way that talking has become awkward. With our cellphones attached to our eyeballs, we don’t need to say words out-loud. Why was praying together once so natural and now so foreign, I wonder?

Jeremiah 6:16 calls out to us!

This is what the LORD says:
"Stand at the crossroads and look;
ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is,
and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls.
But you said, 'We will not walk in it.'…”

Ouch.

We must get back to praying together, because the Lord our God has called His house to be a house of prayer.

We have pre-service prayer at 9 am every Sunday in the portable. It is not an adequate amount of prayer for a church who doesn’t just want to be a church WITH prayer but a church OF prayer, but it is something we are stubborn about getting right; would you come and be stubborn with us?

  We do our best to make prayer user friendly — written out prayers for those who want this, easy to follow instructions, creative approaches, we change things up so it doesn’t get “old”.

We do our best to make prayer user friendly — written out prayers for those who want this, easy to follow instructions, creative approaches, we change things up so it doesn’t get “old”.

If you are new to this, don’t be anxious. No one prays really well; can any of our homemade words impress God? We are all learning at pre-service prayer so we do our best to make prayer user friendly. Prayer is just ordinary words from ordinary people that God does extraordinary things with, but if you are concerned about your ordinary words, we also provide a “Prayer Assistant” with prayers you can read until you see that your plain words are just fine.

Got kids? We don’t even mind for a second the noise they make. We can pray louder.

Wouldn’t be amazing if everyone was in on prayer so that we would need to find more and more times to accommodate more and more people who wanted to pray?

“Then if my people who are called by my name
will humble themselves and pray
and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways,
I will hear from heaven
and will forgive their sins
and restore their land.”
2 Chronicles 7:14

There are some “ancient paths” we need to get back to in order to walk the path ahead. John Wesley once said, “God does nothing but by prayer, and everything with it.” Let’s not let time just fly, let’s grab it and stop and pray together and see what God will do.

*Photo credit: Faith Peters

 Teresa Klassen

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