When a friend of mine was visiting her (clandestine) missionary daughter in Indonesia, she was awakened each morning by the blaring sound of the Muslim call to prayer. Five times a day beginning at dawn, a Muslim is required to recite certain prescribed prayers, and so five times a day at the sound of the loudspeaker at the mosque, every observant Muslim stops everything, gets down on his Mecca-facing prayer rug, and recites those words. My friend decided that if a Muslim could be up with the sun in order to pray to his god, then she could get herself out of bed and pray to her God as well.
My friend could never be accused of being driven by the law. Far from it. She is grace-directed in thought and deed. But what I love about her is that she does not use grace as an excuse to not do something. How often do we hear Christians say - how often does the thought float through our own heads - that they - or we - live by grace and therefore are not bound by any laws to do anything, whether the issue is giving, or fasting, or attending church, or praying. Which is true, of course, but should that be a justification for less giving, less fasting, less attending church, and less praying than those under the law?
It seems that we have turned grace on its head. If one who knows nothing of "being united with Christ;" if one who has never experienced "any comfort from His love;" if one who has never even imaged "fellowship with the Spirit;" (Philippians 2:1), if such a person can get down on his face to pray five times each and every day, what should the grace-filled prayer life of the Christian be? It's as though the daughter who had a stern taskmaster for a father dutifully shows up on Father's Day gift in hand, while the daughter of the dad who has always unconditionally loved her isn't sure whether or not to take the time to call home. May our prayer life be worthy of a Father who considers us "the apple of His eye," (Psalm 17:8) and His "treasured possession," (Deuteronomy 7:6), the One who "rejoices over us with singing," (Zephaniah 3:17), and has "engraved us on the palm of his hand." (Isaiah 49:16).
Wednesday, June 1: That the team in Spain would be able to establish strong relationships, and that through their work, many would come to know Christ.
“Finally brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.” (2 Thessalonians 3:1)