What I do every day matters more than what I do once in a while.
While habits and happiness author Gretchen Rubin is not referring to spiritual disciplines, her popular one-liner drives home my church’s 30-day call to prayer. Our leaders agree with Rubin’s focus on consistency. So they’ve designed an avenue to the discipline of prayer for each day this month to motivate us to more fully engage.
Our church is at a tipping point: numerous changes in the past few years in the life of our congregation necessitate some crucial decisions. In particular, numerical growth and ministry expansion demand attention. At this juncture, we’re pressing pause and upping our prayer time.
To help facilitate more prayer, church members are sent an email every morning with a sixty second pre-recorded video. Each clip features someone from the congregation sharing a prayer for our church. Coffee and an encouraging word from folks with whom I worship have been a great way to start the day. I get to see a glimpse of their spiritual journeys through their choice of scripture and intercessory pleas. Their online “presence” is a blessing and most importantly, I join them in prayer.
While our email prayers are communally significant, they also promote change on a personal level. A daily, spiritual practice of prayer, leads to a journey of spiritual formation.
Eastern Christians call this journey theosis, which early church bishop St. Athanasius describes as becoming by grace what God is by nature.
What a beautiful phrase. Perhaps we can apply this today to the whole church body.
becoming by grace what God is by nature
Daily we pray.
And in the meantime, we become a little more like Jesus.