A Moment of Prayer

Rev-Stu-01-webFrom Rev. Stew Royce, Senior Pastor, Noelridge Christian Church

For an hour every Wednesday, we have a special time to gather at the church for a unique opportunity to pray. Our weekly “prayer meeting” runs from 5:00 – 6:00 pm and is based on Psalm 46:10:

“Be still and know that I am God.”

In this quiet hour we have heads bowed and hearts open, listening for the “still, small voice.” We begin with an opening   prayer and then pray together as a group at the end of the hour. The leaders of our prayer ministry provide this service and no one is ever expected to pray aloud.

Prayer is a mysterious force that brings spiritual energy to our lives. When we look at the life of Jesus, He always set time aside to pray. It was a daily habit for Him. Jesus prayed regularly, and so can we!

Take time to energize your life, as well as the lives of others, through prayer. Once there was a little boy who wrote a letter to God. He said: “Dear God, You do a lot of things and are really busy. Now here is my question. When is the best time I can talk to you? I know You are always listening, but when will You be listening hard in Toledo, Ohio? Sincerely Yours, Donald.”

Be assured that God listens hard all the time, and everywhere, including the state of Iowa.

Going back in time to my childhood years, I remember receiving a card with a prayer on the front of it. Although the details are sketchy, I must have read that prayer with interest because my mom framed it for me. Over the years to the present day, that little framed prayer has hung on a wall, been stored in a box, and gathered dust on a shelf. There was a time when I even thought about throwing it away!

Fortunately, I have kept it all these years. This prayer is a source of inspiration, sending a reminder that God will meet us at every turn in life. For all our varied needs, we are given new resources when we take, as the title by Jon Gilbert says: “A Moment of Prayer.”

If dark clouds fill the sky and our plans go awry,

And our dream castles fade in the air,

Peace and strength will be found and new hope abound,

When we spend just a moment in prayer!    

There is guidance and grace for each problem we face,

There is comfort and courage to spare,

And we’ll find a new lift in God’s wonderful gift,

When we spend just a moment in prayer!

Prayer helps us put our priorities in order.

Hope to see you Wednesday, sometime between 5:00 and 6:00 pm!

Blessings,

Rev. Stew