Tonight is The Well. We'll be studying and talking about prayer, but mostly, we'll be spending time actually doing it. I've sat through many meetings in my life where we spent a majority of the time sharing our 'prayer requests' but then 'ran out of time' to actually pray together...not all of them, but enough. Sometimes, I wonder if the person 'wanting prayer' is more so wanting attention than really wanting to go before God, kick some devil-butt, and wrestle to the finish. I know I've been guilty of that. Or, what about being the one doing the praying for the other person..."Oh, I'll pray for you this week" or "Yeah, let's write them down and pray for these things on our own time". That's fine if we do what we said we would do, but I'll be the first to admit that I have often found other things to fill my time with than to sit before the King of the Universe. Why is that? I mean seriously! Why have I looked to Him as a last resort at times when I know that every time I've come to Him first, He works all things together for His good and the good of those who love Him? I guess I'm slow...NO, I KNOW I AM!
God's been showing me lately that life is circumstantial, that is, there are circumstances or situations happening around us every day...and guess what?! Satan will use our circumstances to distract us, no matter how good they are, from the very place we are called to be...at His feet, trusting and hoping in Him.
The Bible says that God already knows our hearts and requests before we ask Him, so my challenge to ALL OF US is to stop going on and on to everyone and their dog about what it is we think we want, need, and desire, how badly we are hurting, how frustrated we are with situations, other people, ourselves, and start telling Him about it...it's harder than it sounds...I'm not advocating not praying for one another...that's the point here! I am advocating that we do encourage each other in prayer first, not as a follow-up to long drawn out conversations...If we get crusty toward a friend who says, "Well, let's pray about that", because we just want to ramble on and on, I question one, our hearts and motives, and two, whether we truly trust that going to God in prayer is the optimal choice. We all know people in our lives that say something to the effect, "Let's stop talking about it and just do it!" I need that reminder every day...I just need to 'do' prayer. Do you?
"For the world runs after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own." Matthew 6:32-34 (emphasis mine)