Tuesday Re-mix –
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. James 5:16
Step 11: We seek through prayer and meditation to improve our conscious contact with God as we understand God, praying only for knowledge of God’s will for us and the power to carry that out.
[I am using these Tuesday Re-mixes for a few weeks to think (again) about addiction to self-reliance and how that addiction is one of the biggest challenges to genuine community which we face in the American church culture.]
About 18 months ago, my pastor started us on a new prayer journey. For the first several months, every morning, he wrote a meditation on the model prayer (those morning meditations have since become meditations on our current Bible study and can be found at theeverydayprayer.com). I have continued that practice, still praying the model prayer every morning. This journey has been revealing to me.
The most convicting revelation for me thus far has been this: you and I do not really believe in prayer. Not really. Not the way Jesus did. It only stands to reason that, if we really thought that prayer would change big, important things like cancer or sex trafficking or genocide or war, you and I would never stop praying. We would be praying all day and all night, because there are issues in this world which would warrant that kind of prayer…if we really thought it would make a difference, that is. But we don’t. Not really. That is why work and school and soccer games and American Idol all get larger chunks of our time and energy than does prayer. Very sad, but very true, I …