Scott loves to emulate holiness preachers
with their catchy rhyming sayings when he is prepping messages at home.
This is, I think, because his inner rapper is still clammoring to get out.
Even though his collegiate rap ministry came to an end,
you just can't keep that kind of rhyming giftedness at bay for long.
And so the catchy slogans flow....such as....
Don't go, yo' way. Go Yahweh.
'Cuz when Yahweh is yo' way,
Or our favorite....
You're not prepared
Because you haven't pre-prayered.
And this is what has been eating at me lately.
My lack of pre-prayered-ness.
It is if the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in my head,
reminding me....relentlessly, mind you, that nothing is going
to shift in my life or my family's lives, or my friend's lives,
or our church or our community or our nation or this world for that matter,
if I am not talking to God about it.
Inviting him into the mess of my world.
Waiting on his answers.
Resting in his abilities.
Telling him who he is in his immense knowledge
and reminding him that I've got nothing down here.
Giving him my full attention.
In a sense, I feel like he is calling me out.
Because my attention span is shot.
I start praying and I end up making a grocery list for potato soup.
I begin a journal entry and come up with 3 different children
stories that are wating to be written.
I put my head down to pray and wake up 10 minutes later
from a much needed yet prayer-less nap.
I'll let you in on a secret.
Intercession, spiritual warfare, waiting on the Lord,
call it what you will, is not my gifting.
Passion for chocolate would be a gift of mine but
that doesn't seem to carry much weight in the heavenlies.
But this is the thing.
I believe Jesus can change me.
I have pinned my life to that great hope.
He has saved me and in turn, continues on a daily basis
to save me from myself and re-new me with his power.
And so the first thing I will praying about today is that
he will help me pray.
A bit redundant? Maybe.
But I think He will.
And if by chance, you, too, struggle when it comes
to getting on your face and talking with the one who
loves you best,
don't hesitate to join me in the prayer for divine assistance
in the area of prayer .
He can help you, too.
It brings to mind a new catchy slogan....
(Scott would be proud.)
My prayer is that He will make me a pray-er.
Can I get an amen?