January 15, 2019
I am not a mother. I do, however, claim many as my “kids”. As a teacher, students are more than just names on rosters. After hours of learning together, we’re more like family. So when I see my kiddo at their baseball game or spot them randomly in Walmart, and they call out my name, you bet I dash up to the chain link fence or leave my grocery cart in the aisle to greet them. This is minute compared to how God loves us, so why do we always eliminate Him first when there’s a time crunch?
Pastor Brandon took the pulpit for the latest addition of our sermon series covering Jeremiah 29:12-13 during this season of fasting, called “Seek”. He titled this segment “Personal Prayer” -wanting to convey the importance of an intentional prayer life. This is vital, because in today’s world, no one is all in. There’s always a backup scheme. Thankfully, with God, we don’t need Plan B, because He has the best one. The thing is, to unlock said plan, we need the key. The key? Personal Prayer.
The focus was impeccably quoted by Martin Luther, “To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Matthew 6:6 challenges us: “But when you pray, go away by yourself, shut the door behind you, and pray to your Father in private. Then your Father, who sees everything, will reward you.”
Pastor Brandon laid out his personal schedule with times in the morning, day, and evening devoted to prayer. He intentionally sets aside one hour with worship music to write out a Psalm or Proverb to help get him in the mindset of being before the King and reviewing his prayer wall and vision board. During the day, he prays in his commutes and listens to sermons. In the evening, he flips a chapter and simply listens to what God might say to him for the next thirty minutes.
After Pastor Brandon shared his routine on prayer, I was convicted. Not because my lifestyle doesn’t mirror my pastor’s -he and Pastor Dylan emphasized how we all personally pray differently- but because I realized I can easily slip into the routine of hearty reading and devotions, but skimping out on prayer. I catch myself living as if prayer was a garnish, and not the meat of a meal.
Prayers during driving aren’t going to cut it. Not for the revival we need in this city, not for the lost that need to be reclaimed for the Kingdom. Jesus emphasized the importance of praying in Luke 6:12 and Luke 11:9-10. If Jesus communicated with God continually, then so must we. For the Gospel to reach every corner of Earth -so all people might be found, filled, and freed- we can’t just read the Word, we must live it out by wholeheartedly sacrificing our time to God in prayer.
Brandon Lien - January 13, 2019
From Series: "All Messages"
Morgan is a 5th grade school teacher who is passionate about people, reading, writing, and sprinkles on her ice cream. When she's not teaching, Morgan loves spending time with loved ones, learning about new things, and worshipping her King at church or in the car.