I lived a blessed life.
Over the last week, I've had so many fantastic opportunities to pray with people:
- I prayed with the pastoral staff at church Tuesday morning
- I prayed with a small group of guys during a study at my house Tuesday night
- I prayed with a group of leaders before youth group on Wednesday night
- I prayed with a group of friends before I went to bed (and before they played more ping-pong) on Thursday night
- I prayed with the elders of RBC on Friday night
- I prayed with the students who serve in Character Kids Sunday night
- I prayed with the church board Monday night
I know that prayer is important. I know that God answers prayer. I know that I am supposed to pray. Yet, I don't pray like its important, I don't pray like God hears, I don't pray like I am supposed to.
And, let's be honest. Sometimes prayer can be boring. Sometimes, in group prayer, your mind gets distracted (and by sometimes, I mean, a lot). Sometimes, you would rather just have fun with your friends then pray with them.
But, especially this last week, God has taught me some great things through group prayer.
1. God's Presence. I really sense God's presence. I know God hears. I know God is with us.
2. Answers. I get to see God answer prayer. This is really cool, because it confirms that God hears and that God cares.
3. Spiritual Growth. I love God more. I trust God more. I hate sin more. I love others more. I am lifted from the temporary to the eternal. My view of God is expanded.
4. Joy. I'm serious. I really have been blessed with incredible joy this last week as I've prayed with people. This joy has been very noticeable and very real.
I am blessed to be surrounded with so many great Christians who love Jesus more than me and are encourage me to pray more. I am blessed to have friends in my life who want to pray. I am blessed to have a job where prayer is central on the daily "to-do" list.
Most of all, I am blessed to be able to pray. To have access to God's throne. To petition my heavenly Father and be with Him. I am blessed because my works are not enough to earn me this privilege. My best deeds done with my best motives in my best moments are still filthy rags. I am blessed because my sinless Savior took the punishment for my sin upon Himself. I am blessed because my sin has now been atoned for. I am blessed because now I am clothed in the righteousness of Jesus. And because of this, I can pray with my brothers and sisters.
And because of that, I am blessed.