There we were, in my parents’ backyard which was also the backyard of our church. The band was on the wooden stage built for summer worship gatherings just like this one, and our invited guest was preaching boldly. He prayed that we might enter into a deeper freedom in worship and pray in new ways.
He called for anyone who wanted to be prayed over. I thought myself humble enough to go forward—as an example, of course. So, there I knelt awaiting my prayer. As the preacher hovered his hands over my head, my face hit the ground faster than I could say “Amen” or “No, thanks!” or anything really.
I was used to praying comfortably—sitting, standing, or kneeling in a pew with a cushioned kneeler. But there I was down on the dirt, flat on my face, and all I could do was worship. The Lord was moving and speaking in that make-shift backyard church, amid the grass, crickets, and fireflies. We were awe-stuck by His sudden visitation.
As I prayed in a new way, the words of the prophet Malachi resounded in my body that night, “Who can stand when He appears?” (Malachi 3:2)
I can imagine that Simeon and Anna felt something even greater. They waited in the temple day after day for the promised Christ. Their elation must have been great as they saw Joseph and Mary bring in the Child Jesus. Simeon took Jesus in his arms, blessed God, and prayed in a new way (Luke 2:28-32).
Maybe we are praying for something. Perhaps it is time we pray in a new way—less comfortable, more God-centered, and less about having our way. Sister, let us worship as we wait.
Do we see the Lord coming into the temple to meet us as we gather for prayer and liturgy? Are we here for His visit? May we open our eyes to see that He is coming, that He is teaching us a new way to pray, and that somehow, He is also already here. His salvation has come.Let us worship as we wait. // Rocio Perez Click To Tweet