Your Full Attention to Prayer"
by Tom Goodman
December 7, 2006
Most of us would
agree that prayer is an essential component of church leadership. But
most of us would admit that prayer is our least-practiced activity.
no escaping the biblical expectation to be leaders who pray. In Acts
Apostles laid out the job description for pastoral staff: “We will give
ourselves to prayer and the ministry of the Word.” In Philippians
wrote about Epaphras, the Philippian pastor, who was “always wrestling in
prayer” on behalf of his people.
how can we give full attention to prayer? Here’s the start to an article
on that subject. If it piques your interest, click on the link at the
end to continue reading.
Present for Prayer”
by Trevor Lee
a child I had the privilege of spending a month on the farm with my grandparents
each summer. I learned to drive a tractor, feed chickens, and herd
cattle, but the most important lesson I learned came before dinner each evening.
As we assembled around the table, I dreaded the pre-meal
prayer. My grandpa sat at the head of the table and once everyone was
seated he bowed his head and began to pray. When my grandpa prayed
you knew you were going to be there for a while. He launched into what
seemed like a one-hour prayer before every meal, and I would sit at the other
end of the big kitchen table thinking, I want mashed potatoes.
that changed one day shortly before my grandpa's death. He began to
pray as he had so many times before, but this time I wasn't thinking about
the potatoes, I was focusing on his prayer. He prayed for his family
as though our well being depended on his prayer. He prayed for the
kingdom of God like it was the most important thing in the world. And
as he prayed he began to weep. It wasn't the first time he had cried
while he was praying, and in the past I always thought it was a little strange.
I don't know if it was the maturity that comes with being twelve or the Holy
Spirit making me pay attention, but this time it I was moved—I wanted to
start crying too. I understood that he was weeping because he cared
about his petitions with a depth I couldn't fully fathom. His prayer
was passionate and meaningful. His mind and his heart were fully engaged
as he cried out to his Father.
should be a moving experience. It is the created entering the presence
of the Creator. The image-bearers uniting with the One whose image
they bear. The broken feeling the touch of the Healer. Entering
the presence of the God who defies our explanation and cannot be contained
should never be a boring experience. Yet it often leaves us uninspired.
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