We live in a busy world. It causes many of us to live in a world of checklists. Go to the grocery store? Check. Pick up the kids? Check. Go to church? Check… However, some things are worth spending some time on. I know, for example, that I almost always like the food that comes out of a crock pot better than food that comes out of a microwave.
Prayer is kind of like that. I am action oriented – I don’t like to waste time, and I am easily distracted. Prayer is hard for me, not because I don’t think it’s important, but because I treat it as one important thing on a list where everything is important. Therefore, I fail and self-destructively limit my engagement with the very One whom I so desperately need.
Churches are wising up to this. We all need prayer, and churches are mobilizing prayer partners during the week, in special services, or during or after weekend services. In many churches it happens sporadically, but some churches make it a part of their normal rhythm – a number of churches offer prayer monthly, others [including ours] offer it every weekend. It’s simply a chance to have someone join you in coming to God – not a counseling session, but an agreement: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”