YOU ARE INVITED TO:
CS DAY OF PRAYER & FASTING
Wed, May 21 @ 9am-3pm (drop-in friendly)
Fireside Room @ Sherwood Park Alliance Church
(park & enter at the back of the church for easy access)
Why is it when we come to prayer – we can be cavalier, perhaps even proud of ourselves for setting the ‘prayer list of requests and needs’ aside? Have you heard people scoff at praying from a list? We all believe in prayer; we say it is our first work at Connecting Streams.
Surgeons use lists. They call this a ‘best practice’. In the operating room there is a checklist of surgery implements, materials, machines, a check list for the procedures, a check list for implements before sewing up the patient, a checklist for every doctor and nurse assigned to some role. Through the course of the day of my surgery last December, I met 30 health professionals who introduced themselves to me by name and told me what their role was. Can you imagine a surgeon saying, “Lists are boring and un-inspiring. Let’s just do away with them. What really matters is that our hearts are in the right place when we perform surgery.”
So we can ask again – why is it when we come to prayer, we can be cavalier, perhaps even proud of ourselves for setting the ‘prayer list of requests and needs’ aside? Why do we have trouble to humbly use a list, to aid our faltering memories and attentiveness? After an hour or two we lose sight of being in conversation with Almighty God?
Each ministry venue is out of sight, each needy person, as is God. Why do we scoff at the lists that represent the people on God’s heart? Are we ‘weary in doing it well’? We all believe in prayer; we say it is our first work at Connecting Streams. We believe God shows up on the day we are to go, to help us go; He meets us when we arrive, in-fills us to minister. We know prayer somehow makes the difference for us. God has given us a humbling work. At the end of several hours there is nothing to show for the time we spent. I never saw the surgeon’s lists but I am sure grateful he used them! I believed the hospital was careful to cover the bases, just so I could have optimum health and healing from my disease.
Would you come and join us in our work of prayer for the next quarter of our Connecting Streams year? God has given us a humbling work. At the end of several hours there is nothing to show for the time we spent. But we all know ‘optimum spiritual health and blessing’ are in store for our volunteers and people we are reaching out to – when we take the time to pray.
We may need to say ‘no’ to distractions, unbelief, pleasures, or double-minded busy pursuits that help us feel important. We may know God has something else for us to do that day – than come to the day of prayer. Do ask the Lord.
Consider joining us on May 21, 9am-3pm, for some or all of the time. Let’s trust God to multiply the blessing on what we personally set aside, so we can turn to pray together.