If I am honest, one of the disciplines that I overlook and take for granted the most is prayer. Probably because so much of my prayer experiences have been dull, boring, hard work, tedious, etc. I cognitively know that prayer is powerful and effective. I have been the recipient of many prayers that I know have sustained me through some really difficult times of my faith.
This morning I was reminded how fantastic prayer can be. My disciplines class embarked upon a Concert of Prayer where I lead them through several different modes of praying, from silent meditation to group prayer, to confessional journaling, to group artistic efforts on a white board and so on. It is always a risky effort taking people to places where they may never have been before. I never know how a group is going to respond to an exercise like this. This morning I dragged myself to work through 15 degree weather, sleepy, tired with a looooooong day ahead of me. So my own soul and disposition was left wanting. However, after an hour of recalibrating my soul, being reminded of hos God is truly at work in this world, and seeing 40 college student give themselves so freely in prayer was indescribably encouraging. Hearing a room filed with prayers from all corners is overwhelming and uplifting. The things you wrote on the board were rich with depth. Just watching you as you prayed and prayed and prayed was so amazing! Thank you Discipline Class for such an encouraging experience and uplift to my soul.
“I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.”