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A PRAYER WALL?

I remember being at the wailing wall in 1980 right after my high school graduation. The massive stones are the only part of the second temple visible to us today. For centuries Jews have gone to the wall to pray. They “wail” or rock back and forth as they pray. They write their prayers on pieces of paper and roll them up tightly to stick them in the cracks between the ancient stones.

Jesus says “when you pray, go into your closet and shut the door.” (Mtt. 6:6) The context of the passage is not flaunting our religiosity or showing off for the purpose of making others feel inferior. I think there is also another message.

Where do you pray? Do you have a spot, or a room, or a chair, or some place that is your prayer spot? I have two at home; the swing late at night and a comfortable chair in my bedroom for other times. As I become more and more attached to the church building here, I am finding the sanctuary and the quiet of a particular room…(which I will keep secret so you can’t find me!) to be places of prayer.

The fence in the front (Main Street) yard of the church is intended to be one of those places that call us to prayer. I have made a special point of walking that way rather than cutting across my back as I travel to and from the church. It is filled with both joys and pains, hopes and pleas of God’s people. I like to stop for a moment to read a few, or take a picture of some requests, and then pray as I continue to walk.

I encourage you to 1) have a place that calls you to prayer. 2) While the wall is in place (probably 4 more weeks) stop by to add a prayer, offer prayer for someone else, or turn it into a prayer walk.

“Pray without ceasing” 1 Thess. 5:17

 

 


SERMON SUMMARIES

October7 (World Communion Sunday) I want to pray...but: God isn’t interested in my little problems

"GIVE US THIS DAY OUR DAILY BREAD"

God does care about our lives and (all) our needs. No prayer is too small to pray. (Even praying for a sandwich)

October 14 I want to pray...but: I’m not good enough                                                                                                           "FORGIVE US OUR SINS AS WE FORGIVE THOSE WHO SIN AGAINST US

None are good enough... none are deserving and we need to remember that when it comes time to forgive those who have wronged us.

October 21 I want to Pray...but: I can’t find time… my mind keeps wandering… I keep falling asleep. "LEAD US NOT INTO TEMPTATION AND DELIVER US FROM EVIL"

There are a lot of things that get in the way of prayer. Not all of them are “evil”... unless… unless we let those things get between us and our God.
Prayer is dangerous. We may have to change, but none of us likes to change.

October 28 I want to Pray...but: ...ok I won’t lie I don’t really want to pray.                                                                      “For thine is the kingdom and the power and the glory forever”

Some people really don’t want to pray, but prayer is not about us, our understanding, our ability, our needs, our goodness… or our willingness. Prayer is about the one and only powerful and glorious king who lets us call him daddy