And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to his will he hears us.
-1 John 5:14
Every morning when I feed my VERY vocal cats, Boris and Oscar, we go through the same routine. The second I emerge from the bedroom, they meow nonstop, following (or leading) me into the kitchen, and as I replenish their food and water, they urgently crescendo their meows, and I start to wonder... don't they realize I'm feeding them?... am I not going fast enough?... They meow incessantly for what they want, as if their being fed depends upon their efforts to meow louder and never let up... we do this every day, twice a day, but it's like they don't believe I'm really going to feed them. Of course I'm going to feed them! One day as they were howling, I thought, is this what our prayers sound like to God???
Luckily, the answer is no! God loves to hear our prayers, and God loves when we approach with our requests, whether they be for ourselves, or for others. In Paul's letter to the Ephesians, he instructs them to "pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord's people." (Ephesians 6:18)
This Saturday, we will have a unique opportunity to pray for all the Lord's people. Our annual Prayer Vigil will take place from 12:00 p.m. until 6:00 p.m. in the East parking lot. While we are not able to do this indoors, you may remain in your car, walk the campus, or find a quiet place to sit. Prayer guides and prayer concerns will be provided. The prayer labyrinth will also be available under the portico until 5:00pm.
Also this Saturday at 6:00 p.m., there will be a drive-in Service of Prayers for Peace (also online), following the Prayer Vigil.
We began this week with the account of Jesus transfigured in glory on the mountain. We entered the season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, remembering that we came from dust, and to dust we shall return. Join us Saturday as we draw nearer to God in prayer.