Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost: 

Proper 20 - September 22, 2019

Prayer Meeting

So, be honest, how many of you immediately defaulted to a pre-formed image in your mind when you read the title?  Perhaps it brought up memories of the televangelists from the 80's and 90's.   Maybe if you come from a different Christian denomination you may have even participated in a prayer meeting.  Groups of people getting together to pray.  If you stop and think about it, every Sunday we pray together multiple times during the service.  We meet for church and while we are here, we pray.  Is it a prayer meeting?  I suppose it is.
That really isn't what I wanted to talk about today though.  What I really wanted to talk about was your personal "prayer meetings".  Do you schedule time daily to actually pray?  I know from conversations with some of you that you do, but what about the rest of us.  Do you carve out a chunk of time where you put your distractions away (i.e., electronic doodads) and just spend some quality time talking to God?  It doesn't have to be a lot of time, but your mind should be focused on that conversation.  This isn't the hasty prayer you say when you are looking for parking place or when you are in a hurry and stuck in traffic.  This is a deliberate and focused time to open up and speak to God.
It is easy in the hustle and bustle of the modern world to take the blessings we have for granted.  I am as guilty as anyone.  We forget Who the source of those blessing really is.  Our Father in Heaven wants this open and prayerful relationship with us.  This week I challenge you to find that private time and just talk to God.  Maybe it is as simple as saying thank you or asking for wisdom to live your life the way He wants you to.  No matter what you want to discuss, schedule a prayer meeting with God and stick to it.  I guarantee you He will be there, will you?
This week I will leave you with a short passage from the Apostle Paul to the Thessalonians on how to hold a quality, personal "prayer meeting" with God:

16 Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.  Thessalonians 5:16-18

Have a great week and enjoy your meeting.

Grace and peace.
Lance Richardson