Saved! “Are you saved?” I heard that question a lot growing up in the deep South. I was a church goer, but the message never made its way into my heart. Saved from what? I’d wonder skeptically, certain I didn’t want whatever it was that was being offered. Besides, life was good. I didn’t need to be saved, or so I thought.
A religious leader named Nicodemus came to visit Jesus one night. I’m sure Jesus rocked the boat of this respectable Pharisee when He told him that he needed to be saved. Furthermore, Jesus added, no one could even see the kingdom of God unless he was “born again” (John 3:4). Click here to read about their encounter. Continue reading
Pray without ceasing…1 Thessalonians 5:16
Blink! In the blink of an eye…a prayer trigger interrupts me. I’m reminded to pray. Last week, I shared how prayer triggers are simply objects which represent people and places I care about. When “triggered,” I breathe a quick prayer to God. It’s kind of like winking at someone with whom I share a secret. But does this nano-second prayer even count? It almost seems lightweight next to my carefully thought-out morning prayers. Seated in a quiet place with Bible, pen, and journal in hand, these prayers seem more, well, weighty.
I was pondering the value of “blink” prayers the other day before an afternoon run and decided to watch for prayer triggers over the course of my route. During the thirty minute run, I noticed quite a few triggers. A Virginia Tech banner in someone’s yard reminded me to pray for my dad. Hummingbirds prompted prayer for my granddaughter. And the deer were out in number, triggering lots of prayer for my husband!
But what struck me were the number of American flags…fourteen to be exact! I bumped into a flag on every corner. One was suspended from a closeline, another perched in a flower pot. Flags are my trigger to remind me to pray for the upcoming election. So during an ordinary run, I was prompted to pray for our nation and its election, over and over and over again.
Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. Colossians 4:2
Triggered! It’s what happens when I’m interrupted with a sudden reminder to pray for someone. I have prayer triggers which nudge me to pray for friends and family members throughout my busy days. Prayer triggers take my prayer life “out of the closet” and into the world.
A prayer trigger is simply an object that is somehow attached in my mind to the person for whom I am praying.
For example, I adopted the symbol of “bunnies” as my prayer trigger when I was going through a long battle with infertility. Friends would not only pray for me when they saw bunnies, but they (smile!) began to send all kinds of bunnies to encourage me before we had kids….and then to celebrate after we had our three children. Continue reading