You and I live in a culture where we gather in stadiums and around televisions for hours at a time to watch guys run around a field with a pigskin ball in their hands as they try to cross a white line.
We express enthusiasm, emotion, and affection for football and other sports, and it begs the question, what would happen in our culture if the church prayed with such passion? What would happen if Jesus dominated our affections more than the superficial trivialities that garner our attention? What would happen if we spent hours before God praying on behalf of the church, the lost, and the poor around the world?
Of course, your Radical Experiment does not have to start in a stadium. It can start in your living room or prayer closet. Anyplace can be the place you begin to connect the practice of prayer with the purpose of God in the world.
~ Excerpted from Radical by David Platt
He’s right you know. We spend a boatload of time and energy and resources on things that are only temporary.
One day we will all stand before our Maker. Imagine Him asking:
“How could you spend all that time on games and stuff that turned to dust when men, women and children all over the world were lost and needing to know me?”
I don’t offer that to make you feel guilty but as a gut-check. Are we paying attention to what matters most?
Beyond arenas and games, there are even good things that can distract us from the more important work of praying for those who don’t know Jesus.
I read the David Platt quote yesterday morning as I was gearing up for a big week of activities surrounding Easter. With three messages to prepare, three services to plan, and a fourth service to participate in I was already feeling some pressure.
These are good activities surrounding what is arguably one of the most important days for all followers of Jesus. I want to do a good job and that’s one of the reasons they hired me.
But even preparing for our church activities should take a back seat to praying for those all around the world who do not yet know the grace and truth of God made real and available through Jesus!
What would happen if we spent hours before God praying on behalf of the church, the lost, and the poor around the world?
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