“I’d pray more but I don’t know what to pray about.” I get that. Top off your cup and walk with me . . .
A long time ago, someone told me, “Pray the news.” Even then, I paid scant heed to regular news, knowing it would all be off the port wing. Yet as I began paying attention to world, regional and local events, suddenly there were more prayer concerns.
Plenty about which to think and pray. Amazing how what I was reading in the Word would somehow apply.
“Example?” Sure. Stepping into my office this morning, I heard multiple sirens: EMTs, firefighters, and police rushing somewhere for something. Again. Having spent untold hours in a level 1 trauma center, it’s now habit with me. I ask God to overshadow everyone involved, both those speeding to intervene and help, and those needing it.
“But you don’t know who they are.” God does.
I remember a hard, jolting ambulance ride on old Route 54/400. A lot of things could’ve gone South, and fast, at any point. They didn’t. I knew somebody was praying for me.
Be aware of people and events around you. Observe and listen. Suddenly your devotional life, your personal quiet time will take on new power and a different feel.
Pray the news, my friend. Pray the day that swirls around you. Stand in the gap for those in peril. It’s a target-rich environment, God honors your faithfulness, and it drives Hell nuts because nothing can stop your prayers from reaching the One who knows how and when to answer them.
© D. Dean Boone, May 2017