By the time you are reading this, we will have completed our 50 days of prayer for our church as well as for ourselves, our families, and our communities. What did you learn from maintaining this spiritual discipline? Was it hard? Was it easy? Has it changed your spiritual life or the way in which you view the world through the eyes of Christ? Praying daily with the hope of transformation not only changes our individual lives, it changes the spiritual life of the church. I hope you will continue to pray each day for the church as we seek to bring the living Christ to others in our community that all would come to know God’s great love for us in Christ Jesus.
Several of us have read and reflected on scripture passages primarily from the book of Acts during these 50 days of prayer using Blake Busick’s book, Catch Fire in 50 Days: Joining the Movement of God’s Mission in the World. Those who have stayed each Sunday after church to discuss our readings and prayer lives have pondered this question each week: How have you experienced God recently in your life this week? It’s helped us focus on the bigger picture of God’s working in our lives and those around us. Here are a few ways I’ve experienced God this past month that I shared with the group:
Through Rebecca Noah inviting her day care children to be a part of Vacation Bible School.
Through Mary Brown and Mary Gurno delivering cookies to 60 houses in Bertram with a Random Act of Kindness card attached. Mary Gurno offered a blessing for each home visited, though she had no idea she had the power to do that! (Make no mistake: that’s the power of the Holy Spirit working in and through our ordinary lives.)
Through Brittany Smith, who was called upon to lead the prayer at lunch at Southside Community Center in San Marcos. Without hesitation, she stood, prayed thanksgiving over the meal loudly and boldly, so that all could hear.
I continue to ask myself this question, even as I’ve completed the Catch Fire study. My list continues to grow as I experience the amazing ways that God is moving in my life and in yours. May it be that you also ask the question of where you've experienced God as you continue to pray for the church each day.
Grace and peace,