On Sunday, Sean Kelly, our director of College Ministry, challenged us to see prayer in a fresh way. So often we think of prayer as a substitute for doing things or a second rate effort at serving. But Sean reminded us that praying is the most missional thing we can do.
We need look no further than the example of Jesus, who spent great amounts of time in prayer. Sean pointed out these three examples:
- Mark 1:35: In the morning, while it was still very dark, [Jesus] got up and went out to a deserted place, and there he prayed.
- Luke 6:12: Now during those days he went out to the mountain to pray; and he spent the night in prayer to God.
- Matthew 14:23: And after he had dismissed the crowds, he went up the mountain by himself to pray.
We cannot be fully faithful without diligent prayer. The challenges of life and ministry are deeper and broader than we can accomplish on our own. We don’t have the strength or the resources, on our own, to meet the needs of the world. But we know and trust in God, who does.
Sean closed with this verse from Colossians 4:2: Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with thanksgiving. It’s a great challenge to us. In our worship, we pray. In our homes, we pray. In our service, we pray. Let’s become known as a community of prayer.
Questions for Reflection
- Pray the Lord’s Prayer each day this week. As you pray it, consider how this prayer actually teaches us about praying: who God is, who we are and how we are called to live as followers of Christ.
- Sometime this week, set aside a longer time to pray. Besides praying for your family and friends, pray for those around the world who need to know the love of Jesus.