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Call to Prayer

by Rev. John Weston, Senior Pastor on November 20, 2019

Call to Prayer

Mark 1:35-36 (NLT)   35 The next morning Jesus awoke long before daybreak and went out alone into the wilderness to pray.  36 Later Simon and the others went out to find him.


We are not in normal times. There is nothing business-as-usual about the season we are in. Yes, we have weekly worship. Yes, our small groups are meeting and encouraging and building up disciples. Yes, our helping ministries are extending tangible love to people in need in our community. But we are on the leading edge of something new. United Methodism will change in 2020. Our church will have an important role in how that plays out in our region. Are we ready for that? We are going to reach out to people of diverse backgrounds—including people with roots outside the U. S. Are we ready for that? We are going to encourage the few young adults we have to invite friends to something new. Are we ready for that? We are going to talk to strangers about Jesus and help them with the power of the Holy Spirit. Are we ready for that?


Answer: YES...if we pray.


A couple weeks ago the Lord told me to re-order the beginning of my day:


Me: “But going for a jog first-thing wakes me up, and sometimes you and I talk during those runs, Lord, and, well, I've been running first-thing in the morning as long as I've been a pastor.”

Holy Spirit: “Great. Change it.”


Bible reading and prayer are now the first thing I do when I get out of bed. I knew that God wanted no interruptions during that first hour of the day for me. I am available to the Lord, prayer journal open, ready to document if needed. I kneel and put myself out in his presence with no one to ask me to put the Lord on hold. When faces and names come up in those prayer times, they get recorded and I get an agenda for what I'm supposed to include with my tasks each week.


This is how we need to move forward. Carve out time: ten minutes. Twenty minutes. A half-hour. An hour. Do you live alone? Take advantage of that opportunity to be with God uninterrupted. Do you live with a spouse or kids? Find the window, even if it is turning off the radio or podcasts on the way to work and giving God your commute. (Don't try writing down notes while you're driving.)

All of us make decisions based on what we think is the best thing to do at the time. I'm asking to make opportunities for God to weigh in. Daily. Pay attention to the people who come to mind during those times. The Lord may be directing you.

Take time with the Lord and ask him to wake us up.