The marriage of prayer and action

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I’m just now getting into a book entitled Becoming the Answer to Our Prayers that another staff member recommended to me.  According to the co-authors, this book is about “the marriage of prayer and action.”  They continue to say in the Epilogue that “we need to pray like everything depends on God and live like God has no other plan but the church.”  This may be a controversial idea to many – that God has no other plan but the church – but, what if this is true?  Truth be told I tend to lean in this direction.  This becomes a pretty lofty responsibility, however, and God’s plan could certainly backfire if the church fails to ‘show up’ in both prayer and action.  What do you think?  How are prayer and (our) action related to one another, and how do you discern that your actions are God-willed?  I’d love to hear what you have to say about all of this and about how prayer has played a role in your efforts to do no harm and how it has encouraged you to action as you seek to do good.  So my “prayer tip” for you this week is: get involved in a conversation with other believers about prayer.  Leave your comments here and offer your comments and insights.

Little Moments

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My schedule is very busy at times and it can be difficult for me to nurture all of the relationships I have with friends, family and loved ones.  I don’t always have the time to spend an hour on the phone with my parents and sometimes don’t get together with my friends for weeks.  One way I keep in touch with them, however, is through short little updates throughout the day – a text here, an email there or perhaps a quick comment on their facebook page.

In our relationship with God, there are moments when we may not have time to “pick up the phone” and spend an hour in conversation with God. What we can do is keep the connection alive throughout the day with little updates here and there – this certainly goes a long way in nourishing this most important relationship we have with our Creator, Redeemer and Sustainer.

If you have a moment to send a friend a text, check your facebook page or send a quick email, you certainly have time to spend a moment with God.  A lot of little moments can add up to a deeply connected relationship – perhaps these little moments are what Paul was talking about in 1 Thessalonians 5 when he wrote “Pray without ceasing.”

May your days be filled with many little moments.

Pastor Michael Maroon, Pastor of Prayer and Congregational Care

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