There’s a line from Robert Burns’ famous poem “To a Mouse” that’s been adapted from the original text … “The best-laid plans of mice and men often go awry.” That line kept revolving in my mind as the preacher gave his sermon. By the end of the service, there was nothing else I knew what I had to do — tear up the blog post I had prepared the night before. God got my attention as if I had been hit on the head with a 2×4.
I just knew this holiday weekend would be a breeze. I had written a cute and funny post, but truth be told, with little substance. MY Plan A was to get as much done as possible this weekend, as quickly as possible, to get this girl some rest. That wasn’t God’s plan, however.
The pastor started his sermon from the Book of Colossians. As I began writing, the first point got me … “prayer reveals who we value,” then came the second point, “prayer reveals what we value.” It was about this time I wanted to slither out of the sanctuary, but I couldn’t fit in between the pews.
Reading in the text, we learned Paul, the apostle, was in prison when he wrote the book of Colossians, praying for others instead of himself. He asked for knowledge and for obedience. I read the scripture and the lines kept getting bigger and bigger. I realized how deficient my prayer life has been.
They say confession is good for the soul so I’m telling you and the rest of the world, I am guilty of thinking more about what my needs are than someone else. Pastor encouraged us to pray more for others than ourselves, and not to concentrate on mere physical needs. As the pastor concluded, I know beyond a doubt he was looking right at me.
Please tell me I’m not alone in this confession.
Colossians 1:9-12 “For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you. We continually ask God to fill you with the knowledge of his will through all the wisdom and understanding that the Spirit gives, so that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and giving joyful thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of his holy people in the kingdom of light.”