Grass On Your Path
Prayer is an extremely valuable resource in the life of all followers of Jesus Christ. In fact as a follower of Jesus Christ our desire is to emulate Jesus the best we can. We do this through the reliance on the Holy Spirit and that in and of itself requires us to pray for the very strength needed not to rely upon any other strength or wisdom other than Christ. What was important to Jesus should be important to the ones that follow Him and prayer was an extremely important part of Christ’s ministry and life on this earth. On several occasions Jesus got away and prayed by Himself to His Father. The night before His cruxifixction He spent much of the Last Passover He shared with His disciples praying for them. In fact later on that night moments before His betrayal and His arrest He was in the Garden of Gethsemane praying.
Prayer is transformative. It is transformative for the person praying and for the person or situation being prayed for. There is not many things that are as refreshing as spending time at the Saviors feet in prayer. Prayer is to our soul what oxygen is to our lungs. We inhale the goodness of God and His provision and exhale the filth and corrosion of self and the world. The Apostle Paul knew this to be true and that is why he exhorts his readers through the inspiration of the Holy Spirit time and time again to stay in prayer. He urged the Thessalonians to “pray without ceasing”. He commanded the Philippians to stop being anxious and instead, “in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” He encouraged the Colossians to “devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving.” And to help the Ephesians arm themselves Paul said, “with all prayer and petition pray at all times in the Spirit, and with this in view, be on alert with all perseverance and petition for all the saints.”
There is an old story about a nameless missionary to Africa that saw God do a mighty work in a small African village where the whole tribe came to faith in Christ Jesus. The missionary recounted how they were so on fire for God that the men of the tribe would each go into the bush by themselves to pray for hours each day. They went so often in the months that followed that trails and then paths were carved out showing the individual paths walked by these prayer warriors to the spot they would kneel down and call upon God. There was great accountability amongst these brothers in Christ and if any one had become complacent and had slipped into neglecting their personal time of prayer with God the men of the tribe would go to that individual and tell them “My brother grass is growing on your path.”
We have the amazing gift giving to us by God to enter into His throne room and to do so boldly as Hebrews 4:16 tells us and to speak and be in the presence of the Creator of the universe anytime we want. Think about that; do you think you could just go to the White House today and have free access to the President of the United States to talk about whatever it is that is on your mind? May takes months maybe even years if you got in at all yet the King of kings and the Lord of lords allows you to have access to Him at all times and about all matters! WOW! That is pretty amazing to think about. What this world needs more than ever is for God’s people to stand up by falling on their faces and begging God to move in their lives, their homes, their community, their city, their state, this nation and the world.
What does the path of your prayer life look like? Is it overgrown from negligence or packed down from persistent feet heading to spend time with your Heavenly Father? If it has been awhile since you have prayed to our mighty God may these words on this screen lovingly convey my desire for you to reestablish your connection with God “My brother grass is growing on your path.”
Continue earnestly in prayer, being vigilant in it with thanksgiving. – Colossians 4:2