So, I went to celebrate a friend's birthday last night. Nothing fancy, just a bunch of ladies getting together for finger foods and games. And lots of talk and laughs.
I think my favorite part of the night was when the conversation turned to the Lord and prayer. Being true to character, I may not have added a lot to the discussion, but I was definitely taking it in. There were a lot of opinions and views, but one thing was clear. These ladies loved the Lord.
In the midst of discussing what we had learned and taken from the awesome Christian movie, War Room, one of the guests admitted to not feeling good. Before I knew it, we decided on an impromptu prayer meeting. Other requests were given, from those diagnosed with cancer, to young mothers in danger of miscarrying, to a husband with bronchial pneumonia. Another lady suggested prayer for the single ladies of the group, that we would be willing to wait on God's time and His best for us.
It was a sweet moment, I have to say. A group of ten or so ladies, all in various stages of our walk with God, holding hands in a circle. Some of them I knew well. Others I had met on previous occasions. And a few I had only just met. But we were joined together by one thing: Christ.
I found myself thanking God that we had the freedom to do so. Not just politically, though I was grateful for that. But in our hearts, we felt free to join together in an outward show of faith and love. It left me encouraged and blessed.
It's not every day a birthday party turns into a prayer meeting! But I've heard of other stories where friends and acquaintances gather together and the meeting turns into a time of prayer and meditation. Or chance encounters on store parking lots that bring about a request to pray.
Have you ever had that happen to you? I'd love to hear about it. May we never lose an opportunity to agree together in prayer, even if it happens in an unlikely place. May we always have the mindset to talk to God, no matter where we're at, who we're with, and what we're doing. And may we ever rest...
In His Grip!
"Pray without ceasing." -1st Thessalonians 5:17