I would never claim to be an expert in prayer. I wish I was. In fact, I repeatedly feel the urge to become one. However, personal inadequacies in prayer do not mean that I dismiss it as unimportant in ministry. I really appreciate this brief quote from Calvin Miller:
Preaching, in one sense, merely discharges the firearm that God has loaded in the silent place.
Yesterday I wrote about the concept of seeking prayer support and prayer cover for the ministry that we are involved in. As vital as that is, it can never be a substitute for personal, private prayer. I am a little sad at the changing of the season, because this summer I have grown to love an outdoor location nearby where I can go and pray, and dream, and think, and pray some more. Perhaps it will still work without leaves and with rain, we’ll see.
It is important to find a way, a place, a time, for regular uninterrupted communing with the Lord. A time to dream together about the future, to think together about the present, to weep together, to worship together, to be together with Him. I remember the comment of one faculty member at the seminary I attended concerning another – he is a real man of prayer. I’m not sure how that could be known, but actually it does show, doesn’t it?
In three or four decades time I hope people might say that about me . . . but for that to happen I need to be a man of prayer now. What can we give up to free up time for prayer? What else has the same sense of weightiness as fellowship with our Lord? Personal, private prayer. Nothing else comes close.