Reflections on our Time of Prayer

There are too many stories to tell. You heard three of them yesterday, but there is a story in every seat. No one walks through life unscathed. No one.

Physical sickness can be easier to identify, but there are countless spiritual and emotional disabilities that we all carry. They need to be shared too.

There is something God glorifying and Christ exalting when people who are walking through the junk of life still say, “God is good. God is worthy of praise.” Job, a man who experienced the fallenness of our world in profound ways, put it this way: The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; blessed be the name of the Lord.

I don’t know if there is a right way to handle unwanted or unexpected news in life. My eyes filled with tears during the first 5 minutes of the movie Up. I get choked up whenever I hear Ty say, “Move that bus.” Not everyone handles tough news the same way. That’s ok. God knew what He was doing when he made us the way that he did.

I pray our church becomes long distance runners when it comes to traveling with people who experience hardship and tragedy. I hope we walk with people during their journey, for the length of their journey. I hope we’re more like a steady stream and not just a 12 oz cup of water. Long term care isn’t always easy, but it’s best. I pray we’ll be faithful sticking with people over the long haul.

We are needy, desperate, and not in control. Because God is all sufficient, able, and completely sovereign we will pray.

“When we depend on organizations we get what organizations can do;
When we depend on education we get what education can do;
When we depend on man we get what man can do;
But when we depend on prayer, we get what God can do.”