Oh, What Peace We Often Forfeit; Oh, What Needless Pain We Bear…
You know the next line, don’t you? Sing it with me: “All because we do not carry everything to God in prayer.”
So, do you often forfeit peace? Do you bear pain needlessly? If so, this song seems to have the answer, “Take it to the Lord in Prayer”.
“You have not because you ask not” James says in chapter 4 of his epistle. So all you’ve got to do is take it to the Lord in prayer; ask God for whatever it is that you want, and “poof!” you’ve got it! Right?
Well, that’s not quite how it works. James goes on to say “You ask and do not receive, because you ask wrongly, to spend it on your passions.” So there’s a right way and a wrong way to pray. How can we learn the right way?
Our Lord Jesus Christ taught His disciples to pray by teaching them what we know today as The Lord’s Prayer. And the Lord’s Prayer is not only a great prayer for us to pray often, it can also serve as a teaching tool, helping us to learn how to pray, not wrongly, on our passions; but rightly, with the right motives, so that we do not forfeit God’s peace, or needlessly bear pain.
A suggestion was made at our last voters’ assembly by Vice Chairman Loren Uden that we hold a prayer vigil at Zion some time in the future, where members come to the church with specific thanks-givings, praises, and petitions and intentionally take them to the Lord in prayer.
What a great idea! And now, let me expand on that idea a little bit. Let’s incorporate this theme of Prayer into our Lenten meditation. March 1 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of our 7 week Lenten journey to the cross. How about if we use our midweek Lenten services as an opportunity to focus on Prayer? And how about if our 7 week Lenten focus on Prayer culminates with the aforementioned Prayer Vigil?
Let’s do it! Wednesday, March 1, begins our midweek Lenten focus. As we’ve been doing most recently for Lent and Advent, we’ll offer three services each Wednesday; 8:45am (school chapel), 11:30 am, and 7:15pm. Our theme will be “Take It To The Lord in Prayer” and each Wednesday we’ll focus on a particular aspect of prayer.
And then, on Good Friday evening, after our annual Tennebrae service, the Prayer Vigil will begin; a 24 hour period in which thanksgivings, praises, and petitions will be presented before the throne of God, by and on behalf of the people of Zion; culminating at the Easter Vigil, our Saturday evening service before Easter Day.
There will be more details about the pray vigil as that day in April approaches. For now, let’s look forward to our Lenten journey, beginning March 1, as we Take It To the Lord in Prayer.
Sincerely in Christ,