Distractions. They are everywhere. “Dad, wanna play ping pong?” “Dad, wanna play playstation?” “Dad, will you make us a leaf pile to jump in?”
Hey, I can’t say no to everything…
Take now for instance. As I sit down to write this there are numerous distractions. One of my sons hid a walkie talkie in my desk and keeps beeping it and ringing it. At least one of us is finding great joy in his creativity…another son sits in a room adjacent to me and keeps reading me snippets of various news articles as he surfs the internet while watching football on t.v., and this is what I would consider the “quiet” part of my day, as my daughter and wife are out shopping for shoebox items, when they get back the house will be filled with laughter and screaming until bedtime (mostly from my daughter, lest you get the wrong idea of my wife’s personality).
Bedtime. For me, that is prayer time. That is reflection time. Yes, I pray throughout the day about the various things that pop into my head, but after the kids are in bed, that is when the “heavy lifting” gets done, in regards to prayer. I get a chance to slow down, reflect, focus, and talk to God uninterrupted by the things going on around me.
Admittedly, I am still very new to this “heavy lifting” type of prayer. It’s not as easy as I would have liked it to be. I thought as a christian it should just come naturally, but to be quite honest, it takes work. I’m finding it to be like many other things, a learned trait, something you can try to do, and can be done, but to be very good at it takes time and practice. I’m not there yet, but I’m working at it.
My world has been a world of sports, so I think of those kinds of things when I draw analogies in my mind. The analogy I’m thinking of in regards to prayer is this…When a kindergarten child plays basketball, it barely resembles basketball, true there is a ball and a hoop, but that is about as far as it goes. When a high school kid plays basketball, it is definitely basketball, watching them play you would certainly say they are a “basketball player.” However, you know there is another level, the pros. Many can play the sport, but only a few can play it at the highest level.
I feel like I’ve been praying at the high school level for quite some time. Too long in fact. I greatly desire to move to the pros in this area, and am finding that to do so is going to require a lot more focused effort than I had originally anticipated. I am however, working my way there, largely thanks to a book I read by Gordon MacDonald entitled Ordering Your Private World.
I highly recommend you check it out. It is not solely on prayer, but addresses multiple facets of your private world, including how you spend your time, how you get restored and a few other areas. It helped me see the difference between my inner world and outer world and how to gain control of both. (Even as I type that I think it sounds all new age and wanky, but you’ll just have to trust me on this, it isn’t. It was really good stuff.)
Anyway, I say all of that to say this…My family is in need of prayer support as we continue down this path of ministry that God is laying in front of us. It is becoming more and more obvious to me that the single most powerful weapon we possess as christians is the power of prayer. Perhaps you would be willing to commit to being a prayer partner for me and my family. If so, please simply let me know in the comment section below and the email that you provide will be added to my list of prayer supporters. You will then receive regular updates on specific ways that you can pray for us and those we are working with.
Our lives are busy, and I don’t ask for your time lightly. I firmly believe that you giving of your time to pray specifically for our family and the ministry at Many Hands for Haiti will increase the effectiveness of what we can do exponentially. Just the thought of being lifted to Christ by numerous people throughout the day gives me the shivers. How humbling, how empowering, how comforting, how exciting!
Below you will find a sampling of verses in the Bible where people prayed for others in a specific way. Please take the time to look through them and be encouraged. When God’s people pray, amazing things happen!
John 17:6-26 (Jesus leading by example, about to die, praying for others, powerful)
There are so many more examples, but this get’s you started!