I believe that prayer is that precious substance that flows through the capillaries of our spiritual lives and we need to put some conscious thought into it as well. My friend, life’s a story, stayed tuned for more on This Passing Day.
An advantage of being an asthmatic as well as having heart disease is something I thought little about prior to being diagnosed with these diseases–I have a singular focus on the air that enters my body and the blood that pumps up and out of the diseased chamber of my heart. With the emphasis these days on clean air and the environment, I’m convinced that many people do give some thought to the air they breath, but asthmatics get pretty fussy about it and react negatively to air that’s tainted with smoke, chemicals, or burdened with excessive moisture. Unless your wounded, however, blood is something most of us seldom think about. Heart disease will heighten one’s awareness of the blood coursing through one’s veins, nonetheless. I think about my heart every day–often. If there’s an irregular beat, I take notice. If I become breathless, I take a break. If I feel any kind of chest pain, I’m making note and sending a report to my heart doctor. In my mind I envision the blood going in and pumping out, trying to help it along mindfully. Breathing is no different. My heartbeat and the hard work my lungs put into breathing are a conscious part of living for me, every day of my life.
As air and blood are such an important part of physical survival, and deserve our conscious focus more often than not, what about our spiritual bodies? What keeps them pumped up and functioning at an optimum level? I believe that prayer is that precious substance that flows through the capillaries of our spiritual lives and we need to put conscious thought into it daily as well.
Here’s a story. A tale is told about a small town that had historically been “dry,” but then a local businessman decided to build a tavern. A group of Christians from a local church were concerned and planned an all-night prayer meeting to ask God to intervene. It just so happened that shortly thereafter lightning struck the bar and it burned to the ground. The owner of the bar sued the church, claiming that the prayers of the congregation were responsible, but the church hired a lawyer to argue in court that they were not responsible. The presiding judge, after his initial review of the case, stated that “no matter how this case comes out, one thing is clear. The tavern owner believes in prayer and the Christians do not.” (J.K. Johnston, Why Christians Sin, Discovery House, 1992, p. 129.)
Do you believe in prayer? As you believe in the blood that flows through your veins and the air that fills your lungs every day, why not believe in the physical nature of prayer that animates your spiritual body just as blood and air animate your physical body? I know it’s easy to forget about the blood flowing through your veins and the air pouring into your lungs because both flow ceaselessly without much if any effort on your part. But, just as a physical disease can change that mindset, so too the cares of this life ought to change your perspective on the life’s blood of your soul: ceaseless prayer. Unfortunately many believers believe in praying, but put little stock in consciously knowing that God is listening and will respond. A life spent praying without a believing knowledge is like a life spent breathing polluted air and knowing it’s harming your lungs, or putting undo exertion on your heart when you know it does have serious pumping limits. Death may result from negligence. Prayer is a natural expression of believing, but it’s also a supernatural extension of the Holy Spirit of God. Believing this gives life to your spirit. When you pray, visualize its power and wait on the Lord to connect with your spirit–his to yours. It’s a supernatural physicality that is precious
to spiritual well-being. Believe this and live.
We pray. Thank you Lord for the tremendous gift of prayer, the ability to connect with your Spirit to our spirit in a very real and practical way. Forgive us Father when we pray without believing that you hear or that you will act. Help us remember that prayer is a supernaturally physical to the well-being of our spiritual bodies. In Jesus name we pray. Amen!
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