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Prayer...It's everywhere

posted 9 Jan 2013, 09:49 by Peter Moore   [ updated 10 Jan 2013, 04:37 ]

Everywhere I turn there seems to be something or someone talking about prayer... This week at a Men's Small Group I attend we talked about it at length. We are reading a book by my friend Mark Buchanan entitled "Your God is too Safe" and the chapter we discussed this week was on prayer. I wish I could say that I planned it this way, to coordinate with the starting of our Sunday Morning theme, but I didn't. I guess I didn't need to, God had that covered!


In my friend Mark's book... I can call him a friend because we spent a couple weeks on a Short Term Mission trip together in South America and I am sure if we didn't live on opposite coasts of Canada we would hang out together more...although South America made for some memorable moments... what was I talking about...oh right his book! In Mark's book he writes that "prayer and waiting are intrinsically linked, joined at the hip. Prayer makes no sense apart from waiting." He makes a pretty good argument for connecting the two and I would agree. Maybe that's why I (?we?) struggle with prayer sometimes-not sure about you but I don't really like waiting! However, to pray is to wait- wait upon God- and that is not always easy.


There is lots of other great stuff on prayer in Chapter 21 of Mark's book. The title of the chapter itself has something to teach us about prayer. It's called "Perfume and Bombs." (The book of Revelation-chapters 5 and 8- is the key to figuring out the chapter title). While I could go on at length, doing so may require reprinting a great deal of the chapter at which point I would run the risk of breaking copyright laws (although Mark is my friend so surely he would be okay with it). Let me sign off with one last sentence I have been pondering from Mark's writing... "Unceasing prayer is a cultivated attentiveness to the God who is always and everywhere with us."


Lord, help me to be attentive to you- every moment of every day!