Over the last few days I have been involved in quite a few conversations about prayer. In the college ministry I attend, Adelphia Ministries, we had a discussion about what prayer is and how we use prayer. In my own devotions this week and recently I have thought quite a bit about my own prayer life.
Prayer has often been said to be our way of communicating to God. Our way to let God know the desire of our heart. This is true but we have done a poor job of truly understanding exactly how prayer should take place. For instance, we preach in our prayers. I know that too many times in my own prayer life I “preach” through m prayer cause i know that people are listening and i often times want to impress them. I also see prayer as an obligation. Im supposed to “pray without ceasing” so whenever I think about praying or i sit down to eat i say a word or two to God.
I had no idea that when i started to write this blog sometime last week God was emphasizing prayer to me so much because He knew how much i would be using it now. Circumstances this week have left me on my knees. I know that God has a plan and is in control of all things. I know this in my mind. But this does not comfort me right now. It just blurs things even more. I have found that my growing understanding of prayer has been a huge help to me this week. I have talked to God with a true desire for understanding. Prayer has helped me feel and know God in these hard times.
Do not neglect the importance of prayer.
“To be a christian without prayer is no more possible than being alive without breathing” Martin Luther King Jr
today is monday. nothing ironic about that i know. however, monday is martin luther king day. i love martin luther king day. not because i used to recieve a day off from school. because of what that man accomplished and how he accomplished things. peace marches to raise awareness. speeches and sermons of love, perseverance and forgiveness. that is an often forgotten fact of Dr. King, he was a minister. he was the definition of a minister. and on monday we should actually take time to remember him and thank God for a man like him who made our world and our society a better place. then tuesday comes. it always follows monday. its science. and on this tuesday the twentieth of january President-elect Barack Obama will be sworn in as the 44th president of the United States. a man of color. a revolutionary. and like Dr. King he has faced difficult people and circumstances. i live in the south trust me i know that what martin luther king started has not come to fruition. understand that i too have not always been supportive of President elect Obama. i will even go as far as saying that i voted for McCain. However, i am excited about this day to come. It is a new era. its history in the making. it is a sign that things have come along way in the last 50 years. there is still work to be done. but when tuesday morning arrives i will watch the Oath of office take place and i will be smiling and praying. no matter what we as christians need to lift our future president up in prayers. our country does not need division especially with christians leading the charge. i am not saying christians are doing so but i have heard enough to let me know we are not handling this like we should. so on tuesday morning i challenge you to wake up and lift this country and its president in prayer. cover them in prayer. after all we do live in the best country in the modern world.