I admit it. I use props.
However, there’s something to be said for using props during prayer. I’m not referring to props for background or decoration. I’m referring to items that have been conducive to supporting my prayer time.
For my readers who don’t pray, this post will likely be totally irrelevant to you. For my readers who do pray … it might still be irrelevant. (Wink!) For most of you, I hope it’s relevant and I’m only sharing it because it’s on my mind, and there have been several recent answers to several recent prayers.
In truth, I’ll pray anywhere, anytime. It’s also usually the quiet sort of prayer. However, there are a few exceptions to that. Primarily, those more prolific prayer occurrences are spontaneous and tend to happen when I’m on a bumpy flight, or riding with Bobby Debenport or McGuyver. Riding with either of them behind the wheel could cause an atheist to pray very sincerely and very loud. (Teasing guys – kinda, sorta.)
Simply put, prayer is communication. If you think I talk too much to people, say a prayer of thanks that you’re not God! When I’m not sleeping, or talking to everyone else, a great deal of the time I’m talking to Him. I wish I were as good at listening as I am with telling Him about every little thing that my mind deems important. That part’s still a work in progress, but it’s showing improvement.
Rev. L. Beloat’s prayer niche was kneeling at her bedside every night until she wasn’t able to kneel anymore. The older I get, the more I try to incorporate examples of those who had the goods, so to speak. She had the goods, and she set a wonderful example.
But unlike my great-grandmother, that special prayer time isn’t spent at my bedside, or on a walk, or even while I’m driving, although I do use those times to pray a great deal of the time. But, for the last several months, my prayer niche has been during workouts. Possibly and probably sounds silly, but it works very well. I gather my equipment, head to the patio, climb on my machine and for as long as I can manage to maintain it, it’s just me, some music and God.
All Christians have things to pray about. But, when life gets busy it’s sometimes hard to find a little peace and privacy to actually push everything else away and spend some personal time with Christ. He always has time for intimacy with us, but we often set aside such a small amount of time for Him. Yet, He’s still unfailing in being right there with us and ready to listen and care about what we’e saying when we begin to pray. I decided I needed more of that sort of time with Him than I’d been alloting. Glad I did. It’s made a wonderful difference in many situations.
Several months ago, I devised my workout time to do two things. When my momentum builds, so does my focus, and it’s been a wonderful way to focus on Him. So now, workouts are both physical and spiritual. By the time I’m through, sweating and winded, I’ve also made a trip that’s taken me a whole lot farther than my machine on the back patio. And, the totality of the time hasn’t been spent in asking for things. Much of it is spent in admiration and expressing my thanks for His attention.
That’s how I do things. It isn’t how I think everyone should do them. On the other side of the spectrum, though my prayer time is usually private and quiet, I have to say that there have been some individuals who’ve spent out loud prayer time that I’ve loved, I mean realllly loved, listening to.
Rev. Kenneth Reeves would be in the top five of those individuals, right up there with Rev. Arby Mason, Rev. Lucille Beloat, Alfred McClellan and Pop Cagle. There are several others also, but I’m only alloted to but so much page space until I move this blog elsewhere, which will be soon.
There are some wonderful folks who’ve been walking through the fire recently. And, I’m very thankful that God has answered prayer for those of us lifting them up to Him with some wonderful reports. It made me happy to hear good news reported from the McCool & Bryant families. I was also happy to hear good reports regarding Pastor Jerry Arman and my friend Reggie D. Those are only a few to mention. The list is actually much larger. Thankfully, God has a perfect memory, and He never minds how long the list is.
It’s a wonderful privilege that we can pray wherever we are. But, it’s an even greater privilege to have that special place and time set aside for just me and Him, or you and Him.
My hope is if you haven’t devised a time and place yet, that you’ll consider making an effort to do it. You may not receive the answer you wish for, but you’ll always receive an answer. You’ll undoubtedly get His attention, and He’ll listen – whether you speak with fancy words or plain ones. He doesn’t really care either way. He’ll just be pleased that you’re taking the time acknowledge Him, and talk to Him. He’s very special that way.
Have a great evening. I’m heading for a workout. 🙂