Another Perspective on Prayer

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Photo by Ben White on Unsplash

I’m a horrible napper. Following our service at Living Word Fellowship today I fully intended to take a nice, long, refreshing nap. As my mind began to wander and reflect on the service, I kept thinking about the things that I said in the sermon about prayer. I have a tendency to obsess over words, constantly wondering if I’m phrasing something in the most helpful way. In my reflection today I decided to read a little from Ole Hallesby.

I’ve read Hallesby’s book entitled Prayer several times in the past, and I like to revisit it every now and then as it always seems like a breath of fresh air. In my reading today I came across the following excerpt that I found particularly helpful. I hope you enjoy it as I did.

We are all saturated with the pernicious virus of sin; every one of us is a tubercular patient doomed to die! But “the sun of righteousness with healing in its wings has arisen.” All that is required of us, if we desire to be healed both for time and for eternity, is to let the Son of righteousness reach us, and then to abide in the sunlight of His righteousness. 

To pray is nothing more involved than to lie in the sunshine of His grace, to expose our distress of body and soul to those healing rays which can in a wonderful way counteract and render ineffective the bacteria of sin. To be a man or woman of prayer is to take this sun-cure, to give Jesus, with His wonder-working power, access to our distress night and day. 
— Ole Hallesby

If you have thoughts, questions, struggles, or successes, I’d love to hear from you. Never be afraid to send off an email (scott@livingwf.org) or stop by the church office Monday-Thursday. Maybe you can give me some tips on becoming a better napper!

Until then…

Pastor Scott