Do you give yourself a pat on the back for rising up from your bed to attend church service once a week, filling a tithe envelope out, and maybe filling a church role here and there? That was me..
I thought I was doing good and a decent Christian for managing those minimal tasks, though, even at times,
I would grumble a bit at taking several roles on at church. I mean, why weren't other members stepping up and forward to share the load? Also, there comes this weekly thing called prayer meeting, which I've mentioned before. I mean, who has time for this?? I have two kids to manage and work all day! I'm exhausted and worn out! Besides the fact that it takes me almost 30 minutes to go to church..I mean, who has time for that? Surely I am doing good with just going to church, right? Seriously, all that I do, God will understand.
And this is where I have found my error. As God has touched my heart and moved me, He has pointed many times to my errors in my thoughts. I am WRONG. Oh so very very wrong in my grumbling and complaining. How broken hearted He must feel to hear me making excuses to come meet Him during the week. I found myself willing to go have "time" to eat with a friend after work or take my kids somewhere...but yet I never had "time" for prayer meeting. Why is that? What is the whole stigma against prayer meeting? As I sat with my fiancé this past week, I looked around the pews and realized in the small group we had, we were the only young adults there. Where was everyone? Were they too, like me, finding reasons of not coming? The long work day, tired, worn out, and long drive it would take? If we look deeply in our hearts, and I mean deeply...would you be like me and realize we would go many other places..but not prayer meeting? I have come to believe the huge and powerful impact prayer meeting is in our lives and our churches life. It's like a church going into cardiac arrest where a prayer meeting is failing. I'm sorry to be so brutal, but it's the truth. If we have so many "other" interests that distract us from the church,including myself,
that ever slowly, church is becoming the bottom of the list of importance. Prayer meeting is a time to unite as one and come to God for guidance. A time to blend together in communion with God on His word. A time to put worldly distractions aside, to unload our burdens,frustrations,stress...and give it to God. A break during the week of the world and a fresh breath given to help get us through the week. Prayer meeting has been an incredible blessing to me. I promise it will be to you also.
Jesus said,"Again, I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything you ask for, it will be done for you by my Father in Heaven. For where two or three come together in my name, there am I with them"