Today we welcome Phil Bartelt as guest blogger! Phil is a pastor in the EC Church, who, along with his family, are part of the family of Faith Church. After taking a couple weeks to fast-forward in Luke to the stories of Holy Week, Phil resumed our teaching series through Luke. With this post Phil reflects on the sermon and Jesus’ practice of prayer.
In the recent film The Internship one of my favorite actors plays the role of a computer expert working at Google. He’s a rather quirky character, and the biggest of his quirks is that he always wears headphones. Early in the film when others try to speak to him he doesn’t answer so they assume he can’t hear them. Later when another character encounters a crisis he’s startled when the computer expert hears him voicing his problem out loud and responds. As the film winds to a close we learn that the computer expert isn’t listening to music or anything else in his headphones. He is simply not comfortable around other people and uses the headphones as a barrier between him and others.
On Sunday we looked at several passages in Luke that demonstrated to us that Jesus lived a life of prayer. The challenge for us as disciples is to figure out how we can follow his example and incorporate prayer into our daily rhythms. We talked about creating or finding a place for prayer, what it looks like to make space (time) for prayer, and how in doing so we are giving a gift to ourselves. We also looked at some different ways to approach prayer like art, journaling, or nature. In the end we saw that the most important thing was for us to find a rhythm of prayer that helped us hone in on God’s perspective as we live in a world that often throws tons of crazy at us.
Shortly after I watched the film, I read an article that stated people were very unlikely to bother you if you were wearing a pair of headphones. So maybe in our era of busy, putting in some ear buds or wearing a pair of headphones might be all it takes for us to carve out a few minutes of separate time with God. Over the next week give that or one of the other options we talked about a try. Or take some time to discuss different prayer options with a friend. No matter what you choose, you can be sure that finding a place and space for prayer in your life will certainly bear fruit.