By 9 am on Friday we, as a church, will have been praying continuously for 5 days. That’s 120 hours, 7,200 minutes, and (if you really want to keep track) 432,000 seconds.
I look at our time spent in prayer as a community seeking God’s face as spiritually significant. First because of how we would honestly respond to the following question: How would we have spent our time otherwise?
In truth, many of us fail to take on the focus of prayer in how we approach God and all those around us. The best comedians find the humor in the most mundane motions of life, not due to their talent and charisma, but because of their refusal to look at life through the lens that it is simply ordinary and unimportant.
The power and purpose of prayer is not that different. We must refuse to meander through everyday life as if it is insignificant. Rather, we must dedicate our time and energy towards embracing the extraordinary Kingdom of God unfolding in our midst.
My prayer is that these risks would become future habits of grace for you, through which God continues to form and shape you in the image of Christ. My hope is that our eyes and hearts have been opened to what God wants to do within us, and that when we encounter crisis, need and desperation we know how to turn to the Father for help.
Leading up to this week, I heard Cathy Ferchau, who helped coordinate this week of prayer, say “may God bless you as you seek his face” numerous times as people picked up prayer supplies at church. And that is exactly right when it comes to the journey of prayer for it’s only the beginning of what God will do next.
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