Because of this Sunday’s (10/27) message I have been digging into Luke 24:13-35 as Jesus is “On Mission” to discouraged followers. Those followers are the two on the road to Emmaus. They encounter Jesus following his resurrection on that road. He speaks with them, teaches them, and all the while they are “kept” from recognizing Jesus. Then Jesus sits at the table with them, takes the bread, gives thanks, breaks it and gives it to them. When he prayed for the bread, the blinders came off and they recognized Jesus. He “disappeared from their sight.” He was recognized by prayer. They had seen him pray so much – morning, evening – and in personal settings, that when he bowed his head to pray his identity was unmistakable.
That made me think: How would I want to be recognized?
How do you want to be known/recognized? As an outstanding businessperson? As the hardest worker in your company or on your team? As a great teacher, savvy leader, talented athlete, gifted musician or an excellent student? All of those are wonderful things.
There are some things that are important to me. I want to be known as an “all in,” completely committed follower of Jesus. I want to be known as a great husband, dad, father-in-law, son and brother. There are seven of the most beautiful children in the world that call me, “Grandpa,” and I want to be an excellent grandpa. I hope it can be noted that I do ministry as hard as I can for as long as I can. Those are all wonderful things.
I have a long way to go but I would love to be recognized by/known for prayer. That, after the model of Jesus, people can tell I am with the Lord in prayer in the morning, evening, and in many other circumstances. I want my life to be marked by prayer.
Additionally, I very much want our church to be recognized by prayer. I would love for our church to be recognized by/known for our commitment to prayer. I want us to be the House of Prayer that Jesus intends.
It would be great if we would all commit to that. Praying – daily, consistently, fervently for expansion of God’s kingdom, impact on our community, for the needs of people. Mark Batterson wrote: “The greatest tragedy is not prayers that are unanswered but prayers that are unasked.” I would love for us all to be acutely aware of that fact.
Let us be known by prayer.