Last week, I forced myself to spend 30 minutes praying every day. As expected, it was challenging.
I don’t really have any prayer habits. The frequency and the consistency of me communicating with Him is really… casual. I’m more like lifting my head and say « thank You » with a smiley face when I’m happy kind of guy. Of course I pray when I am in trouble (very rare). When I do formerly pray, it is usually very short.
I am ashamed of these statements. I am a bit ashamed to say to everybody that I am Christian while I don’t pray regularly enough. That’s why this challenge was really interesting for me and I’d like to share with you some of my thoughts:
The time of the day you pray shows how you prioritize God
If I see my life as a whole, God is by far the number 1 priority in my life. However, I’m not sure he is every single day of my life. Maybe he is on Sunday when I go to church and I see all my brothers and sisters and I sing my favourite worship songs.
During that week, I kept postponing throughout the day the moment I was going to dedicate to God. Then when at 1am (when technically I failed my challenge), I was tired and needed to go to sleep, I spent the half hour with Him. Obviously, it was the moment of my day when I was the most tired. So basically, I dedicated the least important time of my day to God. Here is the worst part: I’m a currently a SOHO. Basically, I spend the whole day in my room…
And then I think about why some people pray and do their devotion the first thing in the morning… Is it surprising to say that people who are willing to sleep half an hour less every day (…) are also the persons who follow God very closely?!
Your Facebook friend worth much more than you think
After a few days, I was kind of lacking topics to pray. (I’m not gonna pray about girls all the time right?!). And praying during night-time makes it difficult to stay awake. So I had the brilliant idea to use my iPad!
I went to my Facebook account to check my list of 577 friends and I started to pray for every single person of my list, sorted alphabetically.
Usually, we tend to take care of people we are closer to and who are kind to us. Also, we can’t spend equally a lot of time to all of our friends. However, we shall always keep in mind that in God’s eyes, our best friend worth as much as the one who pokes you once in a while. (I hate the poking feature :p).
Also, I realized how many of them were non believers. And I also thought that 99% of them didn’t really have the chance get to know God. How many time do you think your classmates, colleagues or neighbours (people we meet very regularly) have gone to a church and experienced what it means to have hope?
I also realized that we tend to decide who we should be preaching to and who we shouldn’t based on our own standards. We think that a Muslim believes in Mahomet, therefore he will never believe in Jesus. We believe that the Jews crucified Jesus 2000 years ago, therefore their descendants will never accept Jesus Christ. When you think about it, this is really stupid. We are basically saying that because this person is born in a muslim, buddhist or jewish family, Jesus is out off the table for them. The truth is that we are scared and afraid of challenges.
We don’t genuinely care about others
A few weeks ago, a girl at my church eventually gave her life to God after seeking Him for several years. She is a lovely person that I really like. So after the church service, I went to give her a huge hug and say to her what a good news it was. However, I never prayed for her after this day when she needed to feel supported by her new family… Examples like this, I have tons of it. We can’t pray everyday for every person we know. But let’s keep them in mind and pray for them once in a while.
That’s why I invite you to join me by praying for every single of your Facebook friends (it can be as short as 10 seconds) before September.
Once you’re done, please post on the wall of the Facebook page. I will.