A year or maybe two years ago we prayed this prayer during worship here at Hampton United Methodist Church. A prayer right here, in our hymnals. I thought wouldn’t it be cool if we stopped everyday at 4:29 PM and prayed?
I had what I thought was a ridiculous idea at the time regarding a way we could all pray together, everyday, no matter where we are. So along with the many ridiculous ideas I often have I filed it away in the back of my mind somewhere in the ‘5 1/2 inches between my ears.’
Today, driving here (and I do enjoy my drives to Hampton, it is a great time for me and God to have conversation. I don’t need a phone, so I can do this safely while I drive.) I asked God to give me some thought or idea to share with my family here and can you believe it? I remembered this prayer and the number I needed to find it. Most of the time I can’t remember what I was doing 2 minutes ago, let alone a year or more. As soon as I hit the office, I opened up the hymnal to 429 and there it was!
Well, if you are still reading, here is my challenge to you, as well as myself:
Take out your cellphone, open it up to your clock, set the time for 4:29 PM, set an alarm at the softest, quietest sound you will be able to hear, set the repeat feature for everyday and save. Now each day at 4:29 PM you will be reminded to stop and say a prayer. Now let me say this again:
TAKE OUT YOUR CELLPHONE, OPEN IT UP TO YOUR CLOCK, SET THE TIME FOR 4:29 PM, SET AN ALARM AT THE SOFTEST, QUIETEST SOUND YOU WILL BE ABLE TO HEAR, SET THE REPEAT FEATURE FOR EVERYDAY AND SAVE.
I often end up having a conversation with God, like today. I am so blessed that he reminded me of what must not have been such a ridiculous idea after all. From today forward we, yes, we, you and me and however else accepts the challenge, we will lift up what is on our hearts and minds at 4:29 PM. How powerful is that?