I saw this written by Pete Greig which is very inspiring around the whole issue of prayer. Here goes.
Can I be honest with you? I’m actually not that into prayer, It’s Jesus I’m into, so we talk.
I don’t believe in the power of prayer. I believe in the power of God. So I ask for his help. A lot.
I’m not into evangelism. I hate evangelism. I’m into Jesus. So I talk to people about him.
I’m not into social justice. I’m into Jesus. So I find myself picking fights with his enemies.
I’m not into worship – all those soft rock songs, over and over again – I’m into Jesus. So when I see him I smile. I bow. And yes, OK I admit that I sing quite a bit too.
I’m not into church. Have you seen the state of it? But I’m into Jesus. So I like his people. (they’re a little weird, but hey, so am I…)
THE VISION IS JESUS.
Not Christianity. Not rules and religious observance. Not prayer, mission and justice. Not church planting, miracles or mission. If you love Jesus I guess you’ll do all that stuff: you’ll pray and worship and go to church and preach the gospel, but in doing all those things, in pursuing all those things, too often we lose Jesus. In all the clutter of Christianity we bury Christ.
Some of us need to stop being Christians for a bit – we’re just too good at it. It’s become habitual.
Urgent voices call us to abandon the familiar comforts of Christianity to strike out into the unknown and rediscover Christ. Get back to that place where we are so bewildered and enthralled by his actual presence that we will do anything, go anywhere, say anything he tells us whenever.
We are over familiar with holy things. We talk to God and he talks back, for crying out loud. That means you’re either insane or experiencing an actual living, conversational, interactive relationship with the creator of the cosmos. No middle ground. You’re insane or a saint.
Jesus was so uninterested in starting a religion that he never thought of a name for his way of life, never started a bible school, never wrote a book, avoided the rich and famous, and barely stuck around long enough to secure succession. The way of Jesus is viral not structural, relational not religious, revolutionary not predictable.
“Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith.”
Hebrews 12: 2
“I consider everything a loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord.”
“For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and him crucified.”
1 Corinthians 2:2