No Little Prayers

Today is Wednesday, March 22, 2017. Twelve days until Opening Day!

Quote of the Day

“I’m lazy. But it’s the lazy people who invented the wheel and the bicycle because they didn’t like walking or carrying things.” ~ Lech Walesa

Word of the Day

Ort ~ a scrap or morsel of food left at a meal.

Today is Goof Off Day. I wish I had known that ahead of time. I would have planned to stay home today.

I got my copy of Mass Effect: Andromeda for the PS4 yesterday. I played for about an hour last night. Tonight, I’ll get some more time, because C is meeting up with a friend after work. Hopefully, I’ll get into it a little more and figure things out better. It’s fun, but challenging.

Friday night, we have what looks like is working out to be a quarterly meeting with everyone involved with the worship ministry at church.

I don’t really have much else to talk about, so I’ll head on into the devotions.

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL AND PRAYERS

Make your vows to the LORD your God and perform them; let all around him bring gifts to him who is to be feared,
Psalm 76:11
Let my cry come before you, O LORD; give me understanding according to your word! 
Let my plea come before you; deliver me according to your word.

Psalm 119:169-170
With a freewill offering I will sacrifice to you; I will give thanks to your name, O LORD, for it is good.
Psalm 54:6
With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from your commandments!
Psalm 119:10

(From Living the Message)

Eugene H. Peterson writes of what he calls “one of the indignities” that pastors have to endure constantly. Imagine a gathering of people for a meal of some other kind of meeting. Inevitably, someone says, “Reverend, get things started for us with a little prayer, will ya?”

Peterson indicates that he would love to shout out something that William McNamara once said: “I will not! There are no little prayers! Prayer enters the lion’s den, brings us before the holy where it is uncertain whether we will come back alive or sane, for ‘it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of a living God.'”

I agree with this sentiment. “There are no little prayers!” Every prayer that comes out of our mouths should be sincere. We have no business rolling off rote prayers before meals, just as a routine. We should never utter a prayer, but it comes from the deepest places in our heart, even if it is just grace before a meal.

On the flip side, we should not also be hesitant to pray because we believe our prayers are too “little” and meaningless. Again, there are no little prayers! No matter what your concern, our Father in heaven is interested in what you have to say!

Don’t be flip with the sacred. Banter and silliness give no honor to God. Don’t reduce holy mysteries to slogans. In trying to be relevant, you’re only being cute and inviting sacrilege. 
Matthew 7:6 (The Message)

Father, let us not be guilty of trivializing prayer. I confess that, sometimes, when reciting Jesus’s model prayer (the one we keep calling The Lord’s Prayer), it sometimes goes by to quickly and I don’t grasp the meaning. So I’m just saying “vain repetitions.” Let me not be guilty of this! I pray that you draw my mind into my prayers, so that I know what I’m saying and that it comes from deep in my heart, even the smallest of prayers. Also, I pray that I would never hesitate to pray something because I think it might be too small a matter with which to bother the Creator of the universe.

I lift up a special prayer for Karen, my work friend, today, as she is having her surgery. I pray for a successful outcome, and for healing for her body, whether through surgeons or your healing hands. May her recover be swift and complete.

Even so, come, Lord Jesus!

Grace and peace, friends.

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