Last few vital countdown minutes, working our way towards the door. Every second counts, folks. After getting breakfast, last minute Bible class stuff, and myself ready, we were down to the wire (just like any other Sunday, we have so much room for improvement).
I was trying to get A.'s hair up and bowified (yes, it's my word). I guess I wasn't hiding my frustration very well when I said something to Scott (remember last week's taming the tongue snippets?) about needing to leave, blah, blah...
A. said, "Mama's getting angry."
I said, "No, I'm not getting angry, I'm just irritated."
A. paused and said, "That's not good either."
And then we scramble out to the car to go to church on that note. Nice.
Today's sermon was based on 1 Timothy 2:1-8. Now, for the first 5-10 minutes I kept trying to follow along in 2 Timothy, but then I got it. Sometimes I create self imposed snippets.
Many thoughts came to my mind just from verse 1,"I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone."
First, I realized how neglectful I have been in my own prayer life. Over the years I have seen the difference an active prayer life can make, yet honestly I have not been committed to daily prayer for quite a while. It's been hit or miss, yet I probably expect the same benefits or results.
I also thought about the types of prayer. Typically I pray for those on our prayer list, the requests that my friends might make, and then some of my own things. Do I ever pray for our church leaders? Members? Those searching? Our community? Our government and country? World affairs? Prayers of praise and thanksgiving? There are endless issues to talk to our Heavenly Father about, and I don't usually make it past the the things that directly affect me.
Our minister also encouraged us to pray for the children and young people going back to school. There has been a thoughtful ministry over the last few years for those in school. You are asked to select a die cut apple with the student's name on it and then commit to pray for him or her throughout the school year, daily. Simple, but so powerful. (I forgot to get an apple.)
I believe in the power of prayer and of it's necessity. I challenge myself to stop being hit or miss and make prayer a part of my daily life. Please hold me accountable. :)
What were some of your snippets?