This morning we prayed the prayers after the way of Acts 2 and the early church.
I have a sheet of paper next to me in my car and I will glance down at it while driving about town this week, not wondering so much for whom I’m praying, but how God will guide this person to be courageous and strong in faith.
I hope we overload the Heavenly airwaves this week. I’m sure the Father can manage. Even if some of the prayers are difficult and broad-shouldered and even tendered with a touch of chutzpah.
Sometimes I stumble upon a favorite movie and will watch ten minutes of it even though I can probably quote most of the lines before they speak them. Today it was Fiddler on the Roof and I love to listen to Tevye pray because it is so authentic including rolled eyes skyward. One of my favorites is,
“I know, I know. We are Your chosen people. But, once in a while, can’t You choose someone else?”
And as he bears the yoke of his milk wagon because his horse is lame, Tevye conversationally prays, “Am I bothering You too much? I’m sorry. As the good book says… aaahh, why should I tell You what the Good Book says?”
Aaah, yes indeed. Sometimes we wonder why we even have to pray since God knows our thoughts anyway.
As Aaron said this morning, sometimes we pray not to change God’s mind, but to change our own.
I wanted to share something confessed to our table this morning. This person said that they wanted to confess something and that they once believed that it was wrong for public prayers to quote Scripture, because why would God need to know what He had already written. This person had changed their mind after the sermon from Acts 4 last week as the believers prayed and quoted Scripture.
And so I went back and read Acts 4:23-31…it is powerful!
Have a great week, a week guided by a powerful Gospel rudder and the sails of prayer in the Spirit. And if you do have to yoke up your milk wagon, remember what Jesus said in Matthew 11:30, “My yoke is easy and my burden is light.”