This week he was teaching on prayer. No really. Not just the typical message about how we should pray, but a message about how we MUST pray! He passed these boards around the entire room having everyone write out something that they needed prayer for. Then he did the most uncomfortable thing I have ever seen. He asked everyone in the room to find a partner and actually pray for them. Out loud!
I was sitting in the back of the room and you could see people squirming in their seats. He took a few minutes to encourage them and talk to them about what prayer was before he set his clock for 2 minutes. That’s it! 2 minutes.
To be honest I wasn’t sure if people would actually pray, but they did. To my amazement I saw people facing each other all over the room really praying. Sure they might have wet their pants in the process but they did it!
The point of the lesson was not to make these people feel uncomfortable. The point was that if we really want to see God do something in our lives, we have to SEEK Him. We have to have a relationship with him where simply talking to him comes naturally. In the Bible we see Elijah call for a drought lasting 3 1/2 years and Joshua pleading with God to make the sun stand still…….through prayer. Then we read verses like this one:
“Confess your trespasses to one another, and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The effective, fervent [passionate, boiling] prayer of a righteous man avails [benefits] much.” James 5:16
I have so much to learn about prayer. I long to have a prayer life that I feel is effective and powerful. I want my prayers to be boiling with passion!