By Bob Roberts, Jr.
I’ve always believed in the power of prayer. Prayer is a part of my life. It’s a rare day, and there are rare days, when I don’t begin my day with prayer. I teach new Northwood Church members and new Christians that it is critical to begin your day with prayer. Prayer is breath. Prayer is talking and listening. Prayer is worship. For more than 25 years I’ve begun my days journaling what’s going on, good and bad, decisions needing to be made, etc. then I write them in my journal and I read slowly 3 chapters from the Old Testament, 1 from the wisdom literature, and 1 from the New Testament. Then as I read I write, what I sense God saying to me. I sing. I reflect. I worship. I believe it’s critical to do that first thing because it prepares me for the rest of the day. I pray throughout the day, I pray before meetings, during meetings, after meetings. I pray while driving, I pray while talking sometimes – “God guide my words carefully.” “God be present in this decision give clarity.” I’m praying non-stop no matter who is there or what is going on and I believe God hears all those prayers. There are so many dimensions to prayer – it’s bigger than a form, a set time, a moment – it’s a life.
Many years ago when I was in Afghanistan in the desert, I was with my Muslim friends and they would stop and pray. They would lay out their rugs on the sand, and I waited in the SUV. But I thought, I’m a Christian, I believe in God, I’m praying. So I asked them at their next stop would it offend them if I knelt down beside them and prayed as they prayed. They loved it – and I did to. It lead us to a whole conversation about what prayer was about and how God guides us in our life.