“As much as I would love to pray with a partner, I need to be realistic. I don’t have enough time to pray by myself. How the heck am I going to arrange getting together with someone else?"
Excuses, excuses. Yes, I’ve heard them all. I’ve used them all myself.
By now, you should be convinced you need a Prayer Maven. And even if you don’t have a Maven in mind, you know that God will use two or three who are gathered together.
So, your heart is saying you need a prayer partner, but your head is saying you don’t have time.
1) We need to be creative; and
2) It’s going to be inconvenient for someone.
We need to be creative.
I used to think I needed a special prayer room and an uninterrupted hour in my day to pray with someone else.
Note to self: It will never happen!
Being creative means looking at our schedules and finding a few holes. Getting up early. Staying up late. Praying on the treadmill; in the coffee shop; on the sidelines at the soccer game.
Now, if we are going to pray with partners, it should be at a regular time and place. My Prayer Maven and I meet every Wednesday morning, by telephone, during my morning commute. It’s usually only 30-45 minutes. And it works!
It’s going to be inconvenient for someone.
Did I mention that my Prayer Maven gets up at 5:00 a.m. to pray with me? She’s on West Coast time, and, yes, she’d rather be sleeping. But instead she makes the sacrifice. (This is why I highly recommend praying with a Maven. Notice that she is the one who is inconvenienced in this relationship!)
The bottom line is that prayer is hard work – something we’ll talk more about next week. But it’s worth it.
How will you make time for a prayer partner?
Are you praying for that Prayer Maven?