Monday is for Discussion
Don’t know who said it first but it sure seems like sound advice to me. I just ran across the three words in a book called Pivotal Prayer (John Hull and Tim Elmore, Thomas Nelson, 2002)
Stop. Drop. Pray.
Is there a better way to deal with confusion, loneliness, anger, bitterness, resentment, hurt, betrayal, sorrow, loss, uncertainty, lack of direction, personal attacks, challenges and longings?
I don’t think so.
So why is my first impulse to do something rather than pray something?
Why do I find it easier to keep moving, keep rolling through my hours without stopping, dropping and seeking the face of an omniscient God for the condition I am in?
If I was on fire, long association with “stop, drop and roll” would be instantaneous.
So why when we are metaphorically “on fire” with heartache do we neglect the spiritual process for health and strength?
Part of an answer?
We worship ourselves as little gods and think we can muscle, or think, or manipulate our way out of a situation with just a little more attention on our part.
But we are not all powerful,
we are not all knowing, and
we are not omnipresent.
God wants our attention and, as C.S. Lewis said,
“We can ignore even pleasure. But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains: it is his megaphone to rouse a deaf world.” (The Problem of Pain)
Stop. Take a moment.
Drop to your knees, a metaphor for bowing your will and spirit to God, and ask Him to show you His will for the situation in which you find yourself.
It may be the most pivotal prayer you pray this week.