Be shepherds of God's flock that is under your care, watching over them--not because you must, but because you are willing, as God wants you to be; not pursuing dishonest gain, but eager to serve;
1 Peter 5:2
When I first saw the office at Good Shepherd I was excited about the last section of the bookcase. It has no cabinet underneath it. In my minds eye it seemed like a perfect place to set up a personal altar and a prayer place that I could slide into. Now that my office things have arrived; books, crosses, and familiar chachkies I’ve been able to make this space. It is an inviting way to begin each day praying over the church list, to give thanks, to make confession, and to ask for what I need.
I’m not telling you this because I am such a great Christian. I’m telling you this because even pastors need an intentional place and time to pray. Sometimes I think pastors are viewed as the professional Christian; ready to pray at any moment. You need to know that sometimes it is a discipline of faith that challenges me. I suspect that it challenges some of you.
Part of my task as pastor is to assist you in developing proficiency and confidence in spiritual disciplines like prayer. For example, let me say that prayer is not just for pastors or Sunday morning. Saying a prayer is not limited to mealtime and bedtime. Prayers can be said while hiking, golfing, running, or biking. Prayers can be said while waiting at the stop light, clearing the table or mowing the lawn. That being said, prayer is ordinary communication with God and should use language that is comfortable to you. Don’t worry about making complete thoughts or perfect sentences—just make conversation with your friend and Lord. Pray what is in your heart.
Rest assured that you are not praying alone. You may not know that your neighbor is praying or someone around the world, but the communities of believers are always seeking out God at any time of day or night.
Set aside time for regular prayer. May it fill us with joy and hope.