Monday, February 23, 2009

Prayer: A Wartime Walkie-Talkie!

An absolutely amazing sermon that is right on target with what I believe the Holy Spirit has been teaching me over the past two weeks or so. Perfect timing. Enjoy.
At Desiring God>>>

Excerpt:

"This is where I get the image that prayer is a wartime walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom. It exists for advancing the mission, not for calling the butler to turn up the thermostat. Not that God is opposed to practical, nitty-gritty daily prayers. He simply wants all of them to relate to the mission of your life—that his name be glorified, that people live for fruitful ministry.

That’s why the first petition in the Lord’s prayer is “Hallowed be thy name,” and the second is “Bring your kingdom,” and third is “Cause your will to happen here the way the angels do it in heaven”—and only now, under this mission, comes the fourth petition “Give us this day our daily bread.”

So Jesus says that our prayers get answered in proportion to the way the word of Christ is shaping our requests according to God’s will (see 1 John 5:14), and that prayer exists for the glory of God, and that prayer is a wartime walkie-talkie, not a domestic intercom. All requests serve the mission, or the thing malfunctions in our
hand."

As a prior Signal Officer in the U.S. Army, I can totally relate to the metaphor "Wartime Walkie Talkie." Our mission was to provide the interconnectivity that enabled every echelon of the chain of command to interact and be interoperable with one another. Our mission - the people and the equipment - existed to be the backbone of communication. Without our services, the headquarters could not get its instructions out to the field and the field commanders could not make requests for support from the G-staff. Basically, entire operations would shut down if the signal link wasn't working. Some of the most important communications that we supported were the daily reports from the field up the chain. These reports seemed canned and unimportant to that private or specialist who was responsible for making them. But if the report didn't happen, the entire company would suffer.

So, this is a great illustration for me. Our local mission effectiveness comes to a standstill when our "Wartime Walkie Talkies" stop functioning or if we cease using them because we think our role is trivial or rote. I'm encouraged to keep up the daily duty!

Lots of other good stuff here too.

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