I keep hearing this verse. I especially love the NET Bible’s translation. New and refreshing.
And I keep thinking what a good idea.
Prayer was so varied and drawing-in for me this summer, at my internship. I’ve lost some of that, partly because I’ve been spending the majority of my time in prayer… praying for others. There are so many people in my life right now who need people to stand with them in prayer. But that doesn’t mean I need to sit/lie down and list of prayer requests. So, I miss Virginia, where my team and I would gather as a small group and teach each other about prayer styles and we’d be encouraged as others shared their experiences of blessing. I miss Africa, where we’d gather as a team and pray aloud, all at once. When you and every one around you are praying aloud, the energy in the room is electrifying. I also miss Israel, where we’d say Shabbat blessings as a group, reading the Hebrew words from the page, because we never quite memorized them entirely. And, I miss my youth group days – the prayer chair. If I can take any piece of furniture from home to my new home this summer, I’ll take it. Laying hands on others and lifting up their concerns and sickness to the Lord is so empowering. So refreshing.
I can’t wait to be in a place where I can participate in prayer again – with others alongside me. I love this place, but it sometimes feels… stifling.
But, I’m looking forward. Looking upward. And, for now, I’m going to be spicing up my prayer life. Anyone want to join?