Every time I open my laptop, the smiling faces of my sweet sons greet me. Aren’t screensavers the best? This morning, I sensed the Spirit say, “What if you prayed for your boys every time you saw that picture?”
What if I did? I am on this computer at least three times a day. Blogging, surfing FB, paying bills, lesson planning, googling weight loss tips, avoiding Trump’s tweets. Imagine all the prayer ground I could cover for my babies if I paused and prayed every time I opened this contraption?
Perfect example of the pray without ceasing life. When Paul exhorts us to “pray without ceasing” in I Thessalonians 5:17 (NKJV), I’m pretty sure he didn’t mean for us to kneel bedside 24/7. So what did he mean? God desires a 24/7 relationship with us. He wants us to talk to Him about, well, everything! Imagine that, people! The God of Everything wants to wants us to talk to Him about everything.
Since attaching my heart to the idea of praying continually, God gave me this idea I call “mental monuments,” visual reminders to pray about specific things. My screensaver prayers for my sons falls into this category. It’s about being intentional, observant, aware of what’s around me. It’s about seeing those things we see every day in a different light. An eternal light. A pray without ceasing spotlight.
How many electronic devices to you use? I have a computer, a smartphone, and a tablet. While my boys’ picture is a fixture on my computer, I think I’m going to use my smartphone home page as place where I can put a picture of someone with an urgent need for prayer. You know, someone who just lost a loved one or someone battling cancer or someone desperately seeking a job.
Anyone who knows me knows I’m joined at the hip with my phone, so if God nudges me to make you my screensaver, you can bet your last buck you’ll get prayed for a bunch! Hey, there has to be some silver lining to being addicted to your phone, right?
What do you think, friends? What do you think about turning your screensavers into neon signs that say, “PRAY!” If you’re up for this prayer adventure, leave a comment and let me know who’s on your screensaver. I’d love to pray with you.
I’ve always loved my Uncle Lo, but since losing my dad several years ago, my affection for his little brother has swelled like a sponge in a bubble bath. Last week, I had the joy and privilege of watching Uncle Lo be sworn in for his fourth term as the mayor of Bossier City, Louisiana.
When I turned onto POW-MIA Blvd, the street was lined by American flags waving in the breeze. The civic complex stood proudly in the background. My heart pounded with patriotism as I parked and made my way into the building.
I slipped into the inauguration hall and found a seat as close to the front as I could. I didn’t want to miss a thing. After about a dozen councilmen took their oaths, it was time for Uncle Lo’s big moment. With his fiance, daughter, and grandsons by his side, Uncle Lo placed his hand on a Bible and vowed to carry out his duties with honor and integrity. I’m not gonna lie. My eyes leaked a bit.
After the oath of office, Uncle Lo gave a short address that focused on two things: what is going right and what he planned to do about the not-so-right things. But it was a line early in his speech that nudged my prayer warrior heart.
He said, “Being an elected official is the only job where you spend the first minute being sworn in and the rest being sworn at.”
He meant it as a joke, I know. The whole room erupted in laughter as he chuckled in his humble, Lo Walker way.
But there’s always a little truth in our joking, isn’t there?
Being an elected official ain’t for sissies. No decision pleases everyone. As soon as one problem is solved, another takes its place. And every constituent has his or her own idea of what’s the hottest hot-button issue.
I couldn’t do it, and I’m in awe of my uncle for signing on for a fourth term when most men his age are retired and taking it easy. He loves to serve, and he’s excellent at it. (Proud niece right here!)
In honor of my sweet uncle’s inauguration, I want to pray for him and all the other municipal leaders across our nation. Since they have elected to serve, let’s elect to pray without ceasing for them as they do it.
Thank you for the servant leaders across this nation. From the tiniest towns to the massive metros, municipal leaders need Your wisdom and Your strength. And they need us, their constituents, to build them up with respectful feedback and regular prayer.
Before I pray for them, I pray for us because when the citizens behave right, elected officials can spend their time on fanning the flame of progress rather than putting out fires of outrage. Help us to obey the laws and respect the sanctity of human life. Help us to communicate our needs and our disapproval with respect and tact. Help us to work together to make our towns and cities safe and successful.
“Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God.Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves.For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended.For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good” (Romans 13:1-4 NIV).
I know not all elected officials know You. Some of them may not even believe you exist. But they all need Your wisdom just the same. Please, Lord, give our leaders the heart of Solomon, an ancient king who knew his need.
“Now, Lord my God, you have made your servant king in place of my father David. But I am only a little child and do not know how to carry out my duties.Your servant is here among the people you have chosen, a great people, too numerous to count or number.So give your servant a discerning heart to govern your people and to distinguish between right and wrong. For who is able to govern this great people of yours?” (1 Kings 3:7-9 NIV).
Give them wisdom to prioritize and plan. Wisdom to listen and lead. Wisdom to do the right thing even when it’s not popular.
May our leaders “look to [You,] Lord and [Your] strength [and] seek [Your] face always” (1 Chronicles 16:11 NIV). “You are the ruler of all things. In your hands are strength and power to exalt and give strength to all” (1 Chronicles 29:12 NIV).
Give them strength to keep their families first. Strength to handle criticism with grace. Strength to keep showing up day-after-thankless-day.
May our local governments conduct themselves with deep integrity and set an example for state and national leaders. Our nation needs all the integrity it can get.
Guide our local leaders, Lord, especially my Uncle Lo. May his fourth term be full of progress and peace.
In Christ’s name I pray, AMEN
Leave a comment and tell me the name of a local leader you’ll be praying for.