On Wednesday nights, we have been going through a lesson series titled “Prayers Warriors,” and it has been my hope that the youth (as well as myself) would emerge from the series as genuine prayer warriors. Throughout the course of the series, I found myself being challenged as I studied the Scriptures and examined the prayer lives of the saints in the New Testament. We read of miracles occurring, buildings shaking, doors opening, and lives changing in the midst of prayer. However, in our discussions, a reoccurring hindrance in the calling to “pray without ceasing” is our busy schedules.
For the youth, their sports, homework, chores, and friendships take up a lot of their time. I, too, often find myself caught up in the business of life, with classes and exams and 8-page papers and workouts and social time and so on. There is no doubt about it: we live in a busy world. Nonetheless, the call to pray remains. I believe Jesus is saying to us the same thing He said to His disciples in Mark 6:31, “Come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest a while.” I humbly ask you, my sisters and brothers in Christ, to continually seek Christ throughout your hectic days. I would also ask that you would continue to pray for our youth, as they often find themselves struggling to make time for God.
What a joy it is being part of Jones United Methodist Church, a church that believes in the power of prayer. Let us go out and wrestle in prayer for one another, and be the prayer warriors God is calling us to be.