What have I been missing?

I’ve had a quite amazing response to my question, “How can I pray for you?”

I’ve had something like seventeen responses (maybe more by the time this goes live). SEVENTEEN. That’s seventeen people who I didn’t pray for yesterday that have asked for prayer for something. At least half of those people asked for prayer for issues I didn’t know they had.

Seventeen – and that’s just from the tiny community of people who read my blog posts and my tweets. If you asked the same question of your readers/friends, you’d probably get a lot more responses.

I have been taken aback by the realization that I’ve been missing something.

I started thinking today about what I’ve been missing and it’s simply this:

I’ve been talking, occasionally teaching, reading and commenting but I haven’t been truly listening and connecting.

I’ve been doing mostly superficial stuff and I haven’t been going beneath the surface very much. I’ve been talking about being the Church but missing actually doing it.

I’ve been missing people’s hearts and their hurts. I’ve been missing what being the Church is all about.

I’m thinking and praying about how I can change this. How can I find people’s needs and meet them every day of every week of every month of every year of the rest of my life?

How can I connect with people in such a way that I am hearing about and responding to their prayer needs?

You may be much better at this than I am, In fact, I know some of the people reading this have much deeper relationships with each other than I have with them. However, I rarely get asked “What do you need prayer for?” or “What can I do to help you today?”. Do you ask people those questions very often?

I think we’re all missing the point of what the Church is somewhat and it’s time to change!

If you have any ideas how to change this situation, I’d love to hear them and if you have any prayer requests, I’d love to pray for you. Please just leave a comment below or send me a message using the ‘Contact’ tab near the top of this page.