Almost everyone says that they pray–for protection, for health, for family. And there are all kinds of prayers and ways of praying. Early this past spring, thousands flocked to the “Revive Indiana prayer blitz” in the northern part of the state, with the goal of rededicating their lives to God. What does prayer mean to you, and what purpose does it serve? My colleague, Bob Cummings, writing for the June 5, 2015 edition of the Battlecreek Enquirer, sheds some new and inspiring light on this common practice. Here’s Bob:
If all of the players on both opposing teams in a sporting event ask God to give them the win, what’s God to do? The Divine is not our servant, of whom we ask wealth, fame, or favors. And prayer is not a tool to aid us in self-serving endeavors.
At the Community Prayer Breakfast at Kellogg Arena on May 5, author Bob Goff spoke on the theme of the event, “Love Does.” This event was timed perfectly, just before the National Day of Prayer on the 7th.
Goff discussed the importance of expressing love more in everyday life and shared some simple, practical ways of doing this: Hold someone close, see who people are becoming and don’t define them by their worst day. We want people to feel like they just met heaven when they meet us. He said, “Every act of selfless love is an act of faith.” Giving a modern day take on Jesus’ admonition to “love your neighbor,” he said, “Go love everybody, always.