Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. (1 Thessalonians 5:16-18)
You may be asking, “How is it possible to be happy, continually praying and be in an attitude of perpetual thanksgiving?” Some of you, like me, may be thinking, I’m too grumpy sometimes and selfish at other times…I’m just not that kind or thoughtful. I’m just not thankful when I’m driving with other impatient drivers…and the list goes on. Can I confess? I’m as human as anyone else. This is a great passage, but I struggle to meet the goal. I am certainly NOT holier than thou! And when I read John Wesley’s words, I realize just how short I measure up:
“For how few of you spend, from one week to another, a single hour in private prayer! How few have thought of God in the general tenor of your conversation! Who of you is, in any dree, acquainted with the work of the Spirit…?”
Ok, we can make all kinds of excuses to not pray, but just imagine for a moment the healing and comfort God can give others through the power of prayer. If you are like me, we could all use some more prayer time. I reviewed our prayer list today from yesterday’s worship and there are lots of people and situations that are in need of some pretty serious “knee time.” You don’t have to do the whole list, maybe just pick out a few each day.
For me, the quiet time in the Sanctuary…just me and God, seems to be the most fulfilling. During this season of Lent, I’m inviting you to spend some knee time with the Lord. Trinity’s Sanctuary is open during the day for prayer. If you are here for a meeting in the evening or practice, come a few minutes early or afterward to pray. Quiet prayers from home are also good. You can start with this prayer from John Wesley:
“Loving Teacher, come and make your home in my heart this day. Dwell within me all day long and save me from error or foolish ways. Teach me today to do no harm, to do good, and assist me so that I may stay in loving relationship with you and my neighbor. Help me today to be an answer to another’s prayer so that I may be one of your signs of hope in the world you love. [Today, I especially pray for __________________] Amen”