By Corey Bullock – Ahwatukee Campus Pastor
I recently spent a morning with a group that went out for a half day of prayer. It was one of the hardest things I have done in a long time. My mind wandered. I found myself repeating things that I had already said. I was restless and wanted to be anywhere besides wrestling with prayer. I have often prided myself in my capacity. I am able to get a lot done and typically work best in an environment where I have time constraints or tasks that require me to do lots at once. However, I have found that being still is much more difficult in this society than doing much. Emptying oneself is a greater challenge than the ability to multitask. For me it really comes down to productivity. My greatest fear is that I will be ineffective and unproductive, so I keep busy to make sure that this won’t happen. Somewhere along this path I bought into a lie.
“If I am busy and getting stuff done, then I am productive.”
What if, however, the most productive thing I could do was to pray? I love how E.M. Bounds gives a picture of men who grasped this concept.
“God to them was the center of attraction, and prayer was the path that led to God. These men prayed not occasionally, not a little at regular or at odd times; but they so prayed that their prayers entered into and shaped their characters; they so prayed as to affect their own lives and the lives of others; they so prayed as to make the history of the church and influence the current of the times. They spent much time in prayer, not because they marked the shadow on the dial or the hands on the clock, but because it was to them so momentous and engaging a business that they could scarcely give over.”
This week we started our 24/7 Prayer stations at Central. It has not made its way to Ahwatukee yet, but it is on its way. This will be the first time that our campus has experienced the challenge and the joy of 24/7 Prayer. I know it sounds weird, but I am praying for prayer on our campus. Often it is reserved for the desperate or the super-spiritual. If this is the case, I am praying that all of our campus would find themselves desperate and spirit-filled. I am convinced that our prayers are the only strategy that can break through the apathy at large that plagues our region. The hard part is convincing others.