Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Monday, May 4, 2009

Open lines of communication

In the months of March and April, our church did a prayer emphasis we called "60/60/60." The idea behind 60/60 was to pray for 60 seconds every 60 minutes for 60 days - not too hard or complicated. We even encouraged our members to place alerts or chimes on their cell phones so that at the top of every hour they would have some type of reminder to pause during their day and pray.

The purpose of this emphasis was not to perform some type of ritualistic exercise in order to win God's favor. The true purpose behind it was to help our members learn how to connect with God through prayer on a regular basis throughout their day.

Any strong relationship whether it's your children, parents, spouse, friends, or God is dependent on open lines of communication. We must regularly "check-in" to see how things are going between us and them. The interesting thing that I discovered during the emphasis is that I found myself praying in between the regularly scheduled prayer times. This emphasis helped me spread out my prayer time throughout the day instead of a concentrated, one-time event after reading my Bible. Our walk with God is a continuous relationship, not a one-stop shopping experience.


  1. This is a great idea! So, what happened? Did you get any feedback from church members about this exercise?

  2. Unfortunately, we didn't receive much feedback (to my knowledge). I know a few people were moved by the experience and specific prayers were answered. I know I am a different person as a result of these regular prayer times over the last two months. Our senior pastor and a few others are continuing to pray every hour and in between as they are able even with the emphasis now over.