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Not Rushing Prayer

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June 30, 2021 8:00 pm

Not Rushing Prayer

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June 30, 2021 8:00 pm

 

Alice Kaholusuna recounts a story of how the Hawaiian people would sit outside their temples for a lengthy amount of time preparing themselves before entering in. Even after entering, they would creep to the altar to offer their prayers. Afterward, they would sit outside again for a long time to “breathe life” into their prayers. When missionaries came to the island, not always but sometimes their prayers felt different. They would stand up, utter a few sentences, call them “prayer,” say amen, and be done with it. The Hawaiians described these prayers as “without breath.”

Alice’s story speaks of how sometimes God’s people may not take the opportunity to “be still, and know” (Psalm 46:10). Make no mistake—God hears our prayers, whether they’re quick or slow. But often the pace of our lives mimics the pace of our hearts, and we need to allow ample time for God to speak not only into our lives but the lives of those around us. How many life-giving moments have we missed by rushing, saying amen, and being done with it?

We’re often impatient with everything from slow people to the slow lane in traffic. Yet, I believe God in His kindness says, “Be still. Breathe in and out. Go slow, and remember that I am God, your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble.” To do so is to know that God is God. To do so is to trust. To do so is to live.

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Hey, it's time to slide in some encouragement for your day from your friends at Our Daily Bread. The devotional reading for today is titled, Not Rushing Prayer, and it was written by John Blaise. Alice Kahola-Sunna recounts a story of how the Hawaiian people would sit outside their temples for a lengthy amount of time, preparing themselves before entering in. Even after entering, they would creep to the altar to offer their prayers. Afterward, they would sit outside again for a long time to breathe life into their prayers. When missionaries came to the island, the Hawaiians sometimes considered their prayers odd. The missionaries would stand up, utter a few sentences, call them prayer, say amen, and be done with it.

The Hawaiians described these prayers as without breath. Alice's story speaks of how God's people may not always take the opportunity to be still and know. Make no mistake, God hears our prayers, whether they're quick or slow. But often the pace of our lives mimics the pace of our hearts, and we need to allow ample time for God to speak into not only our lives, but the lives of those around us. How many life-giving moments have we missed by rushing, saying amen, and being done with it?

We're often impatient with everything from slow people to the slow lane in traffic. Yet I believe God in His kindness says, Be still, breathe in and out, go slow, and remember that I am God, your refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. To do so is to know that God is God. To do so is to trust.

To do so is to live. Now let's find life and hope in God's Word. Today's Our Daily Bread devotional scripture reading is from Psalm 46. God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way, and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, and the mountains quake with their surging.

There is a river whose streams make glad the city of God, the holy place where the Most High dwells. God is within her. She will not fall.

God will help her at break of day. Nations are in uproar. Kingdoms fall.

He lifts His voice. The earth melts. The Lord Almighty is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress.

Come and see what the Lord has done, the desolations He has brought on the earth. He makes wars cease to the ends of the earth. He breaks the bow and shatters the spear.

He burns the shields with fire. He says, Be still and know that I am God. I will be exalted among the nations.

I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord Almighty is with us. The God of Jacob is our fortress. Now let's pray. Father, thank you for being our ever-present help in good times and in bad. When life is spinning faster and faster, please remind us to be still, to breathe in and out, to go slow, and remember that you are God. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen.
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