Wednesday, July 11, 2007

Prayer Room Quotes -- More from Red Moon Rising

A prayer room is not some giant spiritual vending machine: Just put in enough money and you’re guaranteed a can of Coke. A prayer room is first and foremost a living room--a place where the Father waits for His children to come and climb into His loving arms. It’s a place where we can experience peace so that we can make peace later; a place where we can accept forgiveness so that we can live our lives as priests at work; a place where we receive our Father’s acceptance so that we can love even those who laugh at us later in the day.

God wants to take us on a progressive adventure in prayer, moving from monochrome spirituality to full color surround sound interactive! This may mean learning to open our eyes to pray instead of shutting them. It may mean noise as well as silence and harmony. It may mean movement as well as stillness.

I also believe God is challenging us as a movement of young people to dare to feel the pain all around us. To move from praying “for” people from the comfort of our own salvation to interceding “with” them from a position of need. Will we allow the things that break God’s heart to break our hearts too?

Maybe this is what prayer is all about; one minute you’re kneeling in quiet contemplation, the next you’re kneeling by an unconscious girl; one day you talk to God, and the next you talk to people about God.

We’ve always known that God’s spirit can fill people. But sometimes we forget that He can fill places too! When a place hosts hours of continuous prayer, it can sometimes become so full of God’s presence that even non-Christians sense His proximity.”

Prayer without action is just religion in hiding.


Anonymous said...

"You can do more than pray after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until you have prayed."
- John Bunyan

Heaven is filled with a room that will surprise all of us when we see it. The room has within it large boxes neatly packaged with a lovely ribbon on top with your name on it, "Never delivered to Earth because never requested from Earth."

"Prayer is not a substitute for work, thinking, watching, suffering, or giving; prayer is a support for all other efforts."
- George Buttrick, quoted in Lloyd Cory, Quote Unquote

Greg said...

I hope summer camp goes well! We will pray for you here. I like the focus on prayer. A teacher told me once that when we pray to remember that we are entering before the throne of God. It's not really a quote but a good reminder of the awesomeness of the situation.