July 15, 2016

Read John 17

“More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.”

-Alfred Tennyson

One of the greatest gifts I’ve ever received from a friend is prayer. Not the “I’ll pray for you” sort of prayer, but the right-now-while-we’re-driving-down-the-road kind of prayer. The walking-down-the-hall-eyes-wide-open kind of prayer. These are real, often raw, and sometimes mountain moving.
Prayer is not the mystical mumbo-jumbo some would have you think. It’s conversation with your Father. Talk. Listen. Jesus had a habit of getting alone to pray. He prayed in the early morning, late afternoon, late into the night. There is no wrong time to pray. While getting alone was necessary, Jesus also prayed in the presence of His disciples. He modeled prayer for them. You’ll notice that He didn’t pray for Andrew’s stubbed toe, or for Nathanael’s sore throat. While those are important, He prayed for their spiritual protection, that their actions would glorify God.
Chances are, your current “mentee" is your child or grandchild. Make sure they hear you pray for them in Kingdom-altering ways. Let them hear you pray for Mom and Dad in ways that will carry through all eternity. 

“For what are men better than sheep or goats that nourish a blind life within the brain, If, knowing God, they lift not hands of prayer both for themselves and those who call them friends? For so the whole round earth is every way bound by gold chains about the feet of God.”