A Packed Prayer Meeting
For twenty-two years Opening Day had always been played in the daylight, but last year ESPN wanted a 6:05 PM start. So the Ranger’s opener would be at night. What about all the Opening Day ceremonies and the crowd?
No need to worry. When Dale Hansen and Pete Delkus, his weather-predicting sidekick, showed up for their broadcast hours before the first pitch, the crowds were already packing the parking lots, the grills were sizzling, and the tailgating was in stride. When folks are passionate about baseball, the small detail of when the game starts isn’t an issue.
Discussions among church leaders can get intense over what time to start a prayer meeting, whether or not a meal might attract a better crowd, or whether “Prayer just isn’t cutting edge for today.”
Before we call off church or home prayer meetings, let’s check out what happened in the Jerusalem Church when one of their prominent leaders was arrested and executed, and their most prominent teacher was sleeping in a prison cell with no hope for escape.
“When Peter figured out what was going on, he went to the home of Mary, the mother of John, also called Mark. A large group had gathered together and they were praying. When Peter arrived at the entrance, the first gate to the home, he knocked. A young servant girl named Rhoda responded. When she heard Peter’s voice, she was so excited that she didn’t open the door. She ran and told those inside that Peter was standing at the entrance to the house. But they said, ‘You’re crazy!’ When she kept insisting, they argued, ‘It must be his angel!’
All the while Peter kept right on knocking, and when they finally opened the door and saw him, they were amazed. He motioned with his hand for them to be quiet and explained how the Lord had led him out of the prison. Then he said, ‘Report all these things to James and to the brothers.’ Then he left to get to another place beyond Herod’s reach.” Acts 12:12-17
LORD, I pray it won’t take persecution like this to move us to get passionate about praying together. Thanks for those you’ve given me who are passionate about prayer and who encourage me to realize that authentic, fervent prayer will always attract those you are touching by your Spirit.
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