I have to make an admission – my prayer life isn’t very vibrant.
This is terrible since I’m a pastor. You’d think of all the people on the planet, the last person to complain about their prayer life would be a clergyman.
Yet, my prayer life isn’t great.
I don’t pray enough. And when I pray, I feel as though I’m rushing through the petitions so I could get onto doing something else.
I’ve thought about setting aside time on my schedule to pray, kind of like saying, “Between 8 and 9 AM, all I’m going to do is meditate and pray.”
It sounds good, but it ain’t happening. Life gets hectic very fast.
But the hectic life is my fault. I don’t organize my time well enough. Honestly, I’ve never been great at organization when it comes to merging my personal and professional lives. I compartmentalize too much, setting up group times for stuff needing to get done so my personal life doesn’t crash around me and stuff that the pastor needs to get done.
And even with compartmentalizing, setting up “Prayer Time” never happens.
I think I need to pray for my prayer life.
This weekend in church, we’re praying for:
- An end to senseless violence as another horrific shooting happened this week at a bar in California. Truthfully, I’m getting tired of adding these petitions in our weekend prayers every time when a crazy person shoots up a public gathering. The sadness of these events rips at our souls.
- Sunday is Veteran’s Day and we’re going to remember the Veterans of our church, community, and nation.
- That the weather gets better in California that will help curtail the wildfires that are burning up the landscape and ripping apart lives as great numbers of people and families are losing so much.
- And, for the Church and all Christians. We need to be better people.
Of course, our regular petitions for the sick and needy, asking for greater faith so we can trust God more, and for our church’s leadership here in New Milford.