“This, then, is how you should pray:Matthew 6:9-13
‘Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.'”
Let a catastrophe enter into our lives, be it small or monstrous, its significance is usually one that not only affects us, but attracts the attention of others. In the process of dealing with it, someone, maybe numerous people, will address you with the words: “I will be praying for you!”
Such words should prove comforting, and they do in most cases. But, when hearing it repeatedly on a news cast, or some sob jerking program, it is then I find myself questioning the veracity of that comment. How many people actually follow up on that statement and pray for the person or situation. Quite frankly, dear old Ted has not batted 1000, to my shame! Most often during these latter years I have found myself saying: “Let us pray about it right now!” And, we do, on the spot. A good friend said to me some time ago: “We had time to talk about our brother’s plight, let us take time right now and seek the Lord’s blessing on him.”
There was a time when the church, the body of Christ, saw the strength of the Prayer Meeting or Meetings. Perhaps J.B. Phillips book: Your God Is Too Small, needs recycling in our Christian Community. I have to believe that we have squelched our belief in PRAYER to the point where we give little thought on the matter… to our chagrin. Further, maybe we have so belittled God as to believe, that God is so little, we do not need to pray.
Watch the “tag- on’s” about prayer!