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My most recent God moment...

My most recent God moment...

It happened on Tuesday.

The 4 of us were circled together. Our eyes were closed, our minds exhausted, and our hearts were being poured out. We were praying. This was not one of those, “Thank you God for everything, now if you could just do this one other thing,” type of prayers. No, this one felt real.

This one was happening in the hallway of a High School.

If you do not know anything about Campus Life, it is a weekly program where students can meet-up to have fun with friends, talk about relevant topics, and address issues they are facing while relating them to basic Christian principles. Said even simpler: as a leader I have the amazing opportunity to talk about Jesus to High School students in their school.

Before, between, and after each of these “sessions” with the students, we leaders circle-up in the hallway to pray. And we pray out-loud. We pray that God will continue to use us to share his love and truth with students who might not hear about it any other way; we pray that God’s Spirit will do something amazing in these student’s life so that they will one day seek a relationship with Him; we pray for each student by name, for the school, and for the faculty and staff there.

On this particular Tuesday we were praying for all of this out loud, circled together, eyes closed when it happened. . . .

Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.
— Colossians 4:2

A student joined our circle.

He didn’t say a word when he approached. With his bathroom pass gripped in one hand and his other stuffed in the pockets of his jeans, the young man joined the outskirt of our circle and closed his eyes. He didn’t say a word as we continued to go around the circle, each of us adding our hearts to the holy moment. He just silently waited. . .listened. . .prayed.

I call these God moments. They are unexplainable. They are unexpected. Yet they always seem to remind me that God is bigger than anything I can imagine. This student had never joined one of our weekly session. In fact, he only vaguely knew what Campus Life was when we asked. But, when he saw a group of adults circled together praying in the hallway of his High School, he couldn’t help himself.

Why don’t we have more stories like this?

In Jesus’ last prayer in the garden, he prays for himself and what he is about to go through, but he also prays for all his believers, both then and now. And I have always found his prayer interesting. Of all the things Jesus could have prayed about in those last moments, he chose to pray on unity. He prays that we (all people) would be one. And he says that when my people are one that in some beautiful, mystical, mysterious way people that don’t know God are drawn closer to him.

And now I know why he said that.

Prayer does some pretty remarkable things. It helps align our thinking with God, it connects us with our heavenly Father, and it has an enigmatic way of drawing others closer. Do you believe in prayer? Do you want to be more involved in prayer in a very intentional way?

I have good news for you!

The Campus Life located here in Indian River County is looking for people to partner with them in prayer. This is something you can be involved no matter where you live, how much money you have, or the flexibility of your schedule.

Prayer is critical. Prayer is humbling. Prayer works.

Here is what they are looking for:

  1. A person to come into the office for one hour a week and pray for everything on our prayer wall.

  2. People to subscribe to our prayer email. Here is that link.

  3. Teams of people praying for our ministry sites while we are on campus facilitating Campus Life. This would look like people who would pray from their homes (or where ever they are) during the time we are meeting on Mondays through Thursdays.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.
— James 4:8

Prayer should reflect the relationship we have with God. After all, it is beautiful to think that we have been given the ability to communicate with Him. In any moment and from any place, we can thank Him, ask for His strength, and lift up ministry efforts happening all over the world.

Including the hallways of a public High School.

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