In some way, we’re all measured by our work.
After all, we need to work in order to make a living, pay the bills, live our lives.
Some folks are fortunate - they have a job with a high salary. No real money worries for them.
Most everyone else earns a wage that at least allows them to get by.
Some people have employment where they set their schedule, make it work for other interests they may have.
Others are a bit more locked in - clock in at a certain hour, clock out at a certain hour.
Most folks are able to make things work with just one job. Others aren’t as fortunate - to make ends meet they need two jobs, maybe even more.
Some people absolutely LOVE their job. Others....well, not so much.
For some their job IS their life. It dominates everything they do. That could be a blessing, or it could be a curse.
We all remember Penn State football coach Joe Paterno. He was a legend in every sense - respected, revered, even sworn at (only by fans of other teams though.)
His amazing 60 year career as a football coach at Penn State saw incredible success. And he earned a BIG salary to go along with that, although it pales by comparison with what some coaches are making today.
Still, Joe’s job was a curse. He couldn’t go anywhere in public without being mobbed by PSU fans. His loving wife Sue would do the shopping in town - Joe probably wanted to but never could.
And he could never leave the job, it defined him. Even after his outrageous firing in late 2011 he was still the Penn State football coach.
And sadly he died only two months later due to lung cancer. He never got a chance to enjoy life away from his job, scandal or no scandal.
Perhaps that definition of a job isn’t a good one, despite the fame and fortune.
But what about your CHRISTIAN job?
Oh yes, it’s a job, isn’t it? Being a Christian certainly takes some work.
And it’s far more than just making the effort to drive or walk to church Sunday mornings.
Give that some thought – if you had to make a list of requirements for your job as a Christian, what would you add to the list? What prerequisites? How much experience needed? How many hours per week on the job?
Think it would be a long list?
Let’s whittle this down to a certain aspect of this job as a Christian...
Now, let’s go opposite and expand on that – let’s say prayer is your job. It’s a full time position.
Give it a fancy name like some jobs today. Secretaries are now administrative assistants. Janitors are now custodial engineers.
Call this job a prayer warrior, or a prayer specialist, or a heavenly petitioner.
But look at yourself today, right now – if prayer were your job, would you still be employed?
Ooh, ouch. For too many of us, we’d probably be heading for the unemployment line.
And yet, has there ever been an easier job?
We lift our requests and concerns and fears to a loving God, and He hears them. It’s a one to one conversation with our Lord. And most of us are full-time veterans at talking.
We can do it anywhere, anytime. Don’t need an office or a time clock.
The Bible, both ends, is filled with references to prayer and its importance to our lives...
“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” – 2 Chronicles 7:14 NIV
“Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you.” – Jeremiah 29:12 NIV
Jesus often referred to prayer in his teachings...but they weren’t always easy...
“Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” – Mark 11:24 NIV
“But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you...” – Matthew 5:44 NIV
“And when you pray, do not keep on babbling like pagans, for they think they will be heard because of their many words.” – Matthew 6:7 NIV
Wellllll....those last two make your job as a prayer warrior a bit more difficult, right? But every job has its tough moments.
It’s time for all practicing Christians to hone their prayer skills. And the best way to do it – PRAY.
Take some time each day, maybe multiple times, and perfect your craft. Lots of words or big words aren’t needed. Just simple heartfelt belief and genuine concerns and requests.
And by the way...
You’ve heard that term “practicing Christian,” or a practicing Catholic, a practicing Lutheran, etc. That’s always been an interesting one. Practicing.
When are you going to stop practicing and become a full-time professional?
From George Churchgoer