Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

Week 13 Day 5

Finding God in the Mysteries of every day

            Luke 2:11There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

            There are literal, emotional, and cultural earthquakes. In 2019 there were 1637 recorded earthquakes of magnitude five or more. That’s a whole bunch. Notwithstanding the metaphorical earthquakes I mentioned above while not in a league with the devastation and loss of life in the first instance are nonetheless quite shattering in the lives of people.

            Much of the time which passes for contemporary preaching and worship is spent addressing these “earthquake” issues. It seems that we want to try to heal ourselves or quell the  “earthquakes” anonymously rather than confronting our issues head on in the “closets” where we are to pray. (Matthew 6:6) I say this to encourage each one of us to “wrestle” with our own demons in the presence of Jesus where, like Elijah the prophet of old , in spite of weariness, fear, and fatigue, he was able to hear the voice of God in a “still small voice” (I Kings 19:12)

            There is a danger, I believe that we might be lulled into a false sense of spiritual “accomplishment” when we relegate our only praying to the public worship forum. Don’t get me wrong. I am a firm believer in the synergy of corporate prayer when the people praying are in one accord. However, that kind of praying seldom happens in public worship. We gloss over prayer needs, we repeat prayer “mantras”, all the while seldom engaging much more than our mouths and ears. The mind and heart behind prayer seldom arrives at the worship service. Some of the most intense prayer services I have ever experienced in a group have been focused around a specific perceived need, largely silent, and without background music, with very little lighting.

            All prayer to God in Christ is worthy. The best prayer is that which you are able to engage. I love the prayer of the closet. I also love the prayer in small groups when all are in one accord. I appreciate the difficulty of the prayer leader in a worship circumstance when pressed by time constraints and a vast number of needs.

            When my world is shaken, You are my firm foundation…Jesus You are my confidence (Bryan Fowler | Jonathan Smith | Stephen McWhirter © Be Essential Songs)

Published by larry7253

Larry M Lawrence is an author, composer, Musician, retired pastor, and lives in Missouri with his wife Jane.

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