Monday, July 2, 2012

Time for Prayer

"We believe in the power of prayer in all it's forms."
                        CYC Statements of Purpose

Prayer. It is one of those things that is needed, should be part and parcel of a regular schedule. I am afraid, in my case, it is all too easy to get distracted from it, to let it get shuffled out of my routine.

At the moment, I am engaged in a "prayer blast" which involves praying for 10 minutes per day throughout   July for the ministry I work for. People who commit to the prayer blast encourage either with pep talks and reminders. We pray in our spaces -- people are geoographically spread out -- for the most part. Maybe some people will get together once or twice for shared prayer.

The idea is to cover our main event, a two week conference in August, in prayer. We seek God's help in making that time a real blessing for teens and staff alike. We certainly aren't the only people praying for the program, nor do we limit are prayers to July. This is just an event to help us focus and work together in prayer. We like togetherness.

The simplest definition of prayer is communication with God. It can be as brief as a cry for help, as complex as beautifully composed symphony. It can be speech, listening, song, dance, laughter. But it always connects us to our Creator and Savior.

Prayer is our deepest, most important work. It is both personal and communal. It is for the weak and the strong, the child and the adult, the saint and sinner. It is for all of us.

How is your prayer life?

 “Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support 
 for all other efforts.” ~George Buttrick

“Prayer is not an exercise. It is the life of the saint.”  ~Oswald Chambers

CYC is  a two-week conference for high school teens that combines worship, Christian education, friendship and fun to offer a life-changing experience on the beautiful southern coast of Maine.

This is my second entry in the July Ultimate Blog Challenge. I am going for 30 posts in 30 days!

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