Faithful in Prayer
Faithful in Prayer

Faithful in Prayer

Faithful in Prayer

I was at the Southern Seminary bookstore recently, a place I visit once a month or so to see what new books are out and what books might relate to the current needs of our church. When I brought my modest stack to the cash register, the young man working there asked if I was a pastor. We talked some about Valley View and then he asked where I went to seminary. I told him Phoenix seminary, and he asked, “Did you know Wayne Grudem?” I said “Yes, in fact he mentored me while I was there.” Then he asked, “What is something about him that not everybody knows that you really admire and respect?” Right away I knew how to answer this: “It’s his prayer life.”

That surprised him, as he probably assumed I would say something about his intellect or the many books he has written (his Systematic Theology is a great resource for every Christian to own and read).

When I first learned more about his prayer life, it surprised me as well. For example, he regularly prays for every Supreme Court Justice by name. When he shared this with a class almost twenty years ago, I could not have named more than a couple of them, let alone regularly pray for them. Not only that, but he also prays for key judges at the next layer below the Supreme Court, those that might become a Supreme Court Justice. He prayed for these because of his burden to see abortion brought to an end and he knew that praying for those judges was absolutely key to bringing about the change that we have now seen in our country’s abortion laws.

What I admire about the way he approached prayer also ties in with our focus for the month and our memory verse, Luke 16:10, “The one who is faithful in a very little is also faithful in much.” Our goal in January is to build strong spiritual habits that help us to be faithful in the little things so that over time these will produce big results in our own lives, and our relationship with Christ, and our impact for the kingdom in our community.

Last Sunday we looked at the Habit of Abide: Abiding in Community and Abiding in Prayer. Join us this Sunday as we look at three more spiritual habits in our examination of ten spiritual habits for life.

 

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