Here comes the rain (Part 1)

We have a weekly prayer meeting at Crystal Park Baptist Church. This week the total number of people in attendance was… one; me.

And don’t get me wrong I’m not ranting about any specific church because this problem seems to be endemic to most churches (I’ll post a few notable exceptions tomorrow, like Metropolitan Tabernacle… and yes, I know it was the 1st of January).

Why is it that corporate prayer (and by implication I’m guessing that individual prayer is also a mess) is so consistently under valued by God’s people? Why is the opportunity to commune with the creator and sustainer of the universe so frequently passed up in favour of whatever other fleeting present pleasures temporarily amuse?

Can’t help thinking of James 4:8,

8 Draw near to God and he will draw near to you.”

Want to hear the verse in context? James 4
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2 thoughts on “Here comes the rain (Part 1)

  1. Sounds familiar. We are due to leave in an hour for a service at a school in Mamelodi. Last time we went we were faced with a locked classroom and no congregation, so we left. 50 minutes later had a phone call from one of the youth asking where we were. If the classroom had been open, my wife and I would have started, and the youth member would have arrived about 15 minutes before the end. But since the classroom was locked, we left.

    At another time we has “Concerts of Prayer” for mission, interdenominational, at various venues. Too many times it was a “concert” of one. I suppose it is quite easy to agree in prayer with yourself.

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