I have always held that it is good for God’s people to take some time during Sunday morning worship to actually pray. So I invite everyone to a time of reflective prayer right in the middle of the worship hour. Things get very quiet. A little organ music points the way. Last Sunday a 3-year-old boy, I’ll just call him Deacon, cried out “No!..No!..No!..No!” as he was being escorted out of the service by his mother. He had been restless all morning, and she had threatened to take him to the nursery. He protested vigorously and continually. They had a chat in the foyer, and he returned in time for Children’s Church – that was what he really did not want to miss. We continued with our reflective time of prayer, and I thought about God hearing the No! No! No!s while we prayed.
This reminded me of the Sunday morning prayer time some 16 years ago when we totally lost our seriously reflective composure as a 5-year-old, I’ll just call her Whitney, stood up in her pew and announced, “Booorrrring!” Have you ever tried to suppress a laugh and pray at the same time? She had some quiet reflective time with her mother that day also. All of this was going through my mind as I was preparing to lead the pastoral prayer. So I spent nearly all of the silent prayer time last Sunday thinking about the No! No! No! going out to God, and the Booorrrring! breaking through the silence of the past. I needed to take a little extra time to offer my own prayer to God to help me focus on the praying that was at hand.
Is God hearing Booorrrring! when we pray? Or No! No! No! from us when He is seeking to answer our prayers? Sometimes the little voices in church are from God.
Keep healthy. Pray mightily. Enjoy your life today. Listen to your prayers. And let’s experience the love and power of God together.
P.S. The above stories are used by permission of Whitney and the mothers involved.