January 30, 2018
An article in the Washington Post tells about a 15-year-old girl who sent and received 6, 473 cell phone text messages in a single month. She says about her constant communication with friends, “I would die without it.” And she is not alone. Researchers say that 90 percent of people worldwide text at least once per day, and more than 350 billion text messages are sent each month.
What if we spent as much time communicating with God as we do with each other? The apostle Paul talks about maintaining a constant stream of prayer to God. “We have not stopped praying for you” (Colossians 1:9). “Be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere” (Ephesians 6:18). “Never stop praying” (I Thessalonians 5:17). But how can we possibly do that?
Frank Laubach, a missionary in the Philippines, described his habit of “shooting” prayers at people as he encountered them during the course of each day. In a sense, he was “texting” God on their behalf, staying in constant communication with the Father. Laubach believed that prayer is the mightiest force in the world, and said: “My part is to live in this hour in continuous inner conversation with God and in perfect responsiveness to His will.”
And the great thing is you don’t have to use your hands and type on a tiny keyboard. Prayer is “voice activated” texting. We speak and God listens. Why not put away your phone and spend a few minutes interceding for someone in need. God would love to hear from you!
Have a great week!
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Tuesday Morning on the Run
Inspirational thoughts from Pastor Barry Lawson