Two weeks ago at a Church called Borangi, near Kisii, Kenya I met a group of Pray-ers who begin each Sunday at 5am praying in their church. They do this every Sunday!
Are you thinking, “Whew, this is a big commitment?” I thought the same thing when I saw their church’s Sunday Schedule:
After sitting in the back room awaiting some of the others to arrive, I saw this schedule and was immediately amazed at the commitment these folks make for prayer.
Please note that they are beginning their Sunday at 5am and then going nearly all day.
Can we be honest? How many of us check the snooze button on our wake-up clock to “squeeze” as many minutes of sleep out of a Sunday as we can. And then we hop in our car so that we make it to the worship service on time, to say nothing of Sunday School, or, God forbid, an early morning prayer time.
I have a good friend who is a pastor here in greater Atlanta whose “early morning prayer time” (which begins at 9am) continues to dwindle in numbers, simply because, if you’ll pardon my directness, BECAUSE WE ARE TOO LAZY!
Friends, we have GOT TO learn the blessings that come with turning our ENTIRE life over to God, including our time of sleep. On Sunday mornings I pray for the places I have visited, and I pray Colossians 4:2-4 which ends up being, “Father, cause these men and women to be devoted to prayer, to be watchful (which means they will give up sleep to pray) and to be thankful, and periodically remember to pray for me…”
If you have read my book, The Pray-ers, you know that the itinerant preacher, Alexander Rich prays this for every church he visits also.
I have decided that the people above, from Kenya, will be mentioned in book 2, when a racist preacher that Bro. Rich squares off with in Book 1, has a real heart change, which is evident in book 2.
But, you’ll have to get the books to figure out what I’m talking about.
Blessings my friends, and give up some sleep to pray!
Mark S Mirza
Founder/Speaker: Common Thread Ministries