“You da prayer people? I need some prayer now!”
For the sake of the blog, we’ll name her Alexa, and my friend and I could see the desperation on her face. She needed prayer, and we were the “prayer people.”
Thirty minutes before I met Alexa, Colton and I were heading to a place that I had never been before: the projects of Starkville. We drove into the neighborhood of apartment buildings. Children were playing outside, and some were smoking things that, let’s just say, you can’t buy inside the local Piggly Wiggly. After parking the car, we prayed that God alone would fill us with His strength, words, and wisdom. I stepped out of his Tahoe and out of a world that I’ve always known. And though I didn’t even know it then, I took my first step towards the place that would soon change my life.
I could write and write and write about the experience that I had this afternoon, but even still, these words would be nothing but a feeble attempt to describe something that is indescribable: doing the work of the Lord. I know that it was just one hour, but it was so much more. It was a new beginning for me, the beginning of a new life lived in the wake of actually making personal the declaration of Paul in 2 Corinthians.
“For I would rather die than anyone deprive me of this ground for boating [in the cross of Jesus Christ].
For necessity is laid upon me.
Woe to me if I do not preach the Gospel!”
-1 Corinthians 9:15-16-
Necessity is laid upon all of us. WE are God’s prayer people! We are His ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20)! If this doesn’t give you a sense of necessity, then step outside of your bubble and see the reality around you. Life is not about money or clothes or houses or careers. No. God will use these things in His ministry, sure, but that is not what gives you life.
“To live is Christ and die is gain!” says Philippians 1:21.
“The love of Christ compels us!” says 2 Corinthians 14.
Christ is our Life Giver. Christ is the very reason why we even have the life that we live. Once we truly believe this and are reborn through the Holy Spirit enveloping you, you cannot help it; you live differently. As Donald Miller would explain it, you live a “better story.” (A Million Miles in a Thousand Years).
No matter where you are, be compelled. Be compelled by the Love that gives you life and live accordingly.
All the names in this post were changed