All these people making a regular show of their prayers, hoping for stardom! Do you think God sits in a box seat? Here’s what I want you to do:
- Find a quiet, secluded place so you won’t be tempted to role-play before God.
- Just be there as simply and honestly as you can manage.
- The focus will shift from you to God, and you will begin to sense his grace.
I didn’t say that, Jesus did. In Matthew 6:5-6. Instead of my “sermon words” this week, I wrote down a scripture reference, because after all, therein are the BEST words!
It was a great sermon as usual though, and I appreciated Pastor Jay pointing out that when it says “Pray without ceasing”, it means that we should not give up on “regular, scheduled, prayer”. Which is kinda the opposite of what many people think–that it means to just pray a sentence here and there throughout the day.
(When I wrote about a “gift” of prayer the other day, I didn’t mean the actual praying part–anyone can do that, since it doesn’t matter how you say things to God. The gift is in having the time to do extra/lots of it.)
But as far as that last bullet point in the scripture, about our focus. When we get embroiled in difficult things in our personal lives, or in our corporate lives as a church (like having to search for a new pastor), that’s simply a ploy of the Enemy. HE (that Enemy) doesn’t want us to focus on God, but on ourselves and our own problems.
How often have you noticed: when you begin to think about helping someone else, your own problem diminishes. It works even better if you begin to be aware of God’s calling you to do that helping.
May people be more and more open to being aware of You.