Several of my friends wear trackers which collect data on their activity, exercise, food intake, sleep, heart rate, and who knows what else. The idea is that awareness of the most basic activities will help us manage our health. I’m a big fan of awareness. There are so many distractions in the day, that it takes great resolve to be focused and aware of what matters in life.
I’m more convinced than ever that prayer is the key. And. Yet. Prayer is often disregarded until crisis comes. I’m not a a fan of crisis. Any crisis. But. One thing that comes out of crisis is an awareness of what does and does not matter. Stuff that seems like a big deal, suddenly does not matter in the midst of a crisis.
And. Most of us realize how much we need God when we’re in crisis. Every breath becomes a prayer in crisis, as we are awakened to the presence of God like never before. The nearness of God becomes reality. Perspective recalibrates.
Everything changes, even the atmosphere, in our awareness of the presence of God.
During a crisis years ago, when one of my children became very ill, the words from Exodus 14:13-14 jumped off the page:
But Moses told the people, “Don’t be afraid. Just stand still and watch the Lord rescue you today. The Egyptians you see today will never be seen again. The Lord himself will fight for you. Just stay calm” (NLT).
The people, who had been freed from slavery in Egypt, were in a crisis. Their slave owners realized they could not do without their slave labor force and went after them. Their escape route took them to The Red Sea. If, they turned back they would face certain death or enslavement, if they went forward they would all drown. They stood between their past and future. There was nothing to do, but turn to God. And. Everything changed when they did. God provided a way for them to live in freedom.
Their lesson became my lesson. I stopped in the midst of my crisis, became still, aware of the presence of God, and trusted God to fight the battle for my child’s life. Calm came. God was near.
It’s really a lesson for daily living.
Prayer does not need to be hard and something to be put off. It can be simple and powerful:
Would you consider praying big for The Red Door Community Church and asking others to pray big. We launch on 9.13.15 and would love you to set your phone/alarm at 9:13 AM & PM as a reminder to pray specifically
for God’s favor,
for a place,
for people to boldly join us in this adventure,
for The Red Door Community Church to make a difference in the community, giving thanks.
We will be sending The Red Door Prayer and Information Publication. We are praying for many individuals to stand with us.