Look to the Lord and his strength; seek his face always. 1 Chronicles 16:11
The world moves at such an undeniably fast pace.
There is a beloved summer camp skit called Table for Two that goes like this.
A man enters a restaurant and asks for a table for two. The waitress gives him a menu, and he thanks her, but indicates he will wait to order because he is waiting for a guest.
The waitress comes back, but still the guest has not arrived at the man’s table. This goes on for some time.
Adjacent to the table, throughout the skit, is a young person rising and going about their busy day. The girl goes running, eats a meal, attends a class, meets up with friends, watches television, and finally goes to bed.
By this time after countless trips to the table, the waitress tells the man that the restaurant with be closing, would he like to bring something home? He says no, that he will just be back first thing in the morning to wait for his guest again.
Of course, the man is Jesus, and it’s a parable… him waiting for the girl to meet him in prayer, only she never does. Seeing the skit is a reminder of how often we leave him waiting. He longs for us to come to him.
Our days spiral away from us so easily. Before we know it we are lying back down to sleep and realize we never asked God to be a part of it, thanked him for his provision, or sought his comfort. A still, steady heart relies on our willingness to slow down enough to pray and spend time with God.
Resources and Ideas:
- Praying A-Z by Amelia Rhodes is guide to praying practically for your community.
- She Reads Truth is delivered daily to your inbox.
- Everyone loves mail! Send a prayer to someone who has been on your heart.
- Begin a thanksgiving prayer journal. Share via social media on #thankfulthursday
- Try verse mapping to pray the Scriptures through Proverbs 31 Ministries.
- Give Praying in Color a try.
- Read Ann Voskamp’s One Thousand Gifts to prompt thanksgiving prayers. Use the hashtag #1000gifts
- Five ways to start a prayer journal from Rachel Wojo can help you get started.
What are your best practices for prayer?
Lisa Van Engen writes at abouproximity.com about faith, social justice, and serving as a family.