Sunday, February 03, 2008

"Prayerlessness is its own reward ..."

Pastors from across the city met today for the Key 73 prayer breakfast. Our speaker John Brown, called to say his flight was canceled. Thirty-seven leaders were present. Bishop Weaver of the EUB Church spoke briefly.

Our phonograph (modern tech then) failed, and the projector only half bright-what a test! Then God took over! At this point I invited all present to pray in groups of three, on their knees, for one another. Two UMC men were my partners, what prayers! Later, a Greek Orthodox priest exclaimed, “You don’t know what a hard thing you ask of us. I had a Missouri Synod Lutheran next to me and we hardly speak. We have been separated since 1010 AD and I had to pray for him, but we became acquainted and it was good.” Thank You Lord.

Early today I met with three brothers in prayer at nearby Sarasota. Yesterday, was a time to meet and pray with four pastors, each from a different tradition, but all in Christ. We come together each noon on Wednesday. One of the men reminded us, “We come to share our pain as we receive encouragement from one another and strength from the Lord to begin again.” My life long practice of praying with similar groups has helped keep me faithful and accountable.

John Sanford tells of an old well that stood outside the front door of a family farmhouse in New Hampshire. Due to unuse, the once remarkable pure and cold water source dried up. It had been fed by hundreds of tiny underground rivulets which seep a steady flow of water. As long as water was drawn, the rivulets remained open The well dried up, not from being used too often but from not being used enough.

Ben Patterson makes the following observation. “The consequence for not drinking deeply of God is to eventually lose the ability to drink at all. Prayerlessness is it own punishment, both its disease and its cause. That’s the deeper meaning to our the ministry fatigue.”

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t let anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep Company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly” (Matt. 11:28-30 The Message)

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