Did You Pray?

Posted: February 1, 2022 in Uncategorized

My secretary put me in an awkward place today. It wasn’t her fault. I told her about the bulletin insert I created in the early morning hours Wednesday, and how I just woke up knowing what to create and how and she asked me if I had a vision. At first I sheepishly denied it. I didn’t;t want to over-spiritualize what had happened and I really don’t want anyone to think more highly of me than they should. Visions are for prophets, aren’t they? And yet, I woke up seeing an image and knowing I had to make it for the church, so I guess it could be called a vision. Whatever you call it, it spoke to me. At first I thought it was just for me, so I was just going to write it on a little note card and post it above my desk, but as I went along, I realized no, this is something more.

In Friday’s post I spoke of the new list I am creating each week to keep me focused. I even mentioned that I removed prayer from the list, because I didn’t think prayer was something that belonged on a
“check list.” Still one of the areas where I have the greatest difficulty focusing is in prayer. I began to realize one of the reasons I have difficulty with focusing on prayer is because rather than going to prayer, my first instinct is to try to fix the problem. Prayer ends up becoming unintentionally what happens when I am frustrated because I have exhausted all the other options. This is a terrible idea and one on which I am relatively certain I am not alone. All of the sudden, an image came to mind, a really simple cartoon image of Jesus pointing at me, saying “Did you pray?” Slowly other phrases came to mind. These got superimposed over top of the “word bubble.” I realized others could probably use this reminder so I created it to hand out to my congregation. By the way, if this post resonates with you, please feel free to copy, print, share this message however you see fit.

Let’s become people who pray first.

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