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I had dinner with Steve tonight at church and then went to church prayer meeting after that. Here’s some food for thought: Prayer requests will never cease to exist. In my opinion, they are ever-increasing. The people praying for these prayer requests, however, are few and never-increasing.
<RANT>Yet why does prayer meeting attendance STINK like the Oklahoma Sooners football team did on the night of January 4, 2005?! I’m fed up!!! I’m not being a legalist here. Going to prayer meeting does not make a person a better Christian. But it sure does allow them to pray for their fellow brothers and sisters in Christ! And a good number of people (not all) whose prayer requests we pray for aren’t willing to come out to intercede for others? What gives?! I think it simply isn’t a priority for people. Please tell me what (WHAT?!) else could you be doing with your time on a Wednesday night once (only!) a month that could be more important that would keep you from coming regularly? I can understand important family dinners or what have you on occasion, but every month? Please. This is especially for people who live close to our church. Close as in less than 17.9 miles away like myself. Can you honestly say that there are *better* things you could be doing with your time than joining with fellow believers to pray? Well, like my old high school football coach use to say (please pardon my French), “Excuses are like ___holes; everyone has one and they stink.”</RANT>
In Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire by Jim Cymbala, the author wrote the following (I couldn’t find my book. Thanks, Steve!):
MAG3Y3 (12:05:09 AM): p. 28 “A minister from Australia (or perhaps it was New Zealand) happened to be present that morning-a rare occurence. I introduced him and invited him to say a few words. He walked to the front and made just one comment:
MAG3Y3 (12:05:59 AM): “I heard what your pastor said. Here’s something to think about: “You can tell how popular a church is by who comes on Sunday morning. You can tell how popular the pastor or evangelist is by who comes on Sunday night. But you can tell how popular Jesus is by who comes to the prayer meeting.”
GMooreFan1 (12:06:10 AM): yeah
GMooreFan1 (12:06:11 AM): bingo
MAG3Y3 (12:06:11 AM): And with that he walked off the platform. That was all. I never saw him again.”
Friends, Trojans, and Xangans, lend me your ears and hearts. A wise man (Steven Curtis Chapman) once sang:
Let us pray, let us pray
Everywhere in every way
Every moment of the day it is the right time
Let us pray without end
And when we finish start again
Like breathing out and breathing in
(Oh!) Let us pray
I watched what was left of Alias after I got home from prayer meeting. I noticed for the second time tonight that Ron Rifkin (Sloane) is LEFT-HANDED! That means Michael Vartan (Vaughn), Victor Garber (Jack Bristow), and Ron Rifkin (Sloane) are all left-handed! No wonder the show is a smashing success! Although it is now second fiddle to “24”! Jack Bauer is the man!