JUST. LEAN. IN.
What have your prayers looked like these days?
Maybe they’ve been confident and bold, asking God to continue to show up for His people.
Maybe they’ve been spoken over a glitchy ZOOM conference, or on the phone with a friend.
Maybe they’ve been whispered, hopeful, snuck in-between making dinner and sending emails.
Maybe they’ve been nonexistent because it’s been too hard to pray these days. You’re not even sure if they make a difference.
For us these days, our prayers are honest - no religious phrases or fluff. They are raw and frequent.
We’re praying for the ministry of Rend Collective, and what the immediate future looks like without touring. We’re praying for our children, who like many of yours, are missing their school, and friends. We’re praying for our families who live across the ocean from most of us right now, that we would be able to see them soon and they would stay healthy. We’re praying for the world, to recover, to rise up, to endure.
When we don’t know what else to do, we pray.
Philip Yancey writes “When it comes to prayer, we’re all beginners.”
And I think what he’s saying is that there are no professional Christians when it comes to laying our hearts bare before God. In that space, when we bring our prayers to the Him, we are all children in need of our Father.
He sees our hearts and understands even “our groanings too deep for words” and intercedes for us. (Romans 8:26)
We’re learning that prayer begins not with specific words, but with the posture of our hearts.
Which is great news for us. It means that no matter what our prayer life looks like, all we have to do is start by leaning in towards Him. Maybe you don’t even need to say a single word.
You don’t have to be an expert or set a 4am alarm for God to hear you.
He’s not holding up a scorecard or keeping tabs on your devotional life -guilt has no part to play in this.
Just. Lean. In.
If you haven’t prayed in awhile, may we suggest this:
“Our Father in heaven,
hallowed be your name,
your kingdom come,
your will be done,
on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us today our daily bread.
And forgive us our debts,
as we also have forgiven our debtors.
And lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from the evil one.