We begin our Stewardship Journey on prayer this past Sunday. We talked about the fact that we will only receive God’s peace, presence, and power by setting aside time to pray each and every day.
John Wesley, the father of the Methodist movement, got up at 4 a.m. each day to pray for four hours and sometimes as many as eight hours in his later years. We may not be ready to spend three hours in prayer each day but perhaps we could begin with 3 minutes or 30 minutes. When I struggle with my prayer life, this old poem comes to mind that I became familiar with many years ago:
I got up early one morning and rushed right into the day. I had so much to accomplish that I didn’t have time to pray
Problems just tumbled about me and have your came each task. “Why doesn’t God help me?” I wondered. He answered, “You didn’t ask”
I wanted to see joy and beauty but the day toiled on gray and bleak. I wondered why God didn’t show me. He said, “But you didn’t seek”
I tried to come into God’s presence. I used all my keys at the lock. God gently and lovingly chided, “My servant, you didn’t knock”
I woke up early this morning and paused before entering the day. I had so much to accomplish that I had to take time to pray.
See you Sunday at the house of prayer!