Prayer by JW Kaiser
photo: Solveig Jobbins
I was tired. Grumpy. I didn’t get good sleep and work had been killer all week. The surf cams looked bad. It was overcast outside and cold. Surfing could wait until a better and warmer day. Oh, but I had promised a friend I’d meet him at the beach for a surf that morning. I had to drag myself out of bed and drive half asleep to the beach. When I got there the wind felt like a knockout punch. I should have just stayed in bed. But he was already there on the beach, suited up and stoked. So I suited up and grabbed my board.
That first wave hit me as I paddled out and I wanted to curse the ocean out. Then the next, and I was ready to paddle in. Then the third and fourth wave and I wasn’t even to the line up yet. But then something happened. The fifth wave I dug in and went deep on my duck dive. It actually felt good. The water was cold but it awakened me in a way that I needed. Then I saw a fun corner of a wave, so I spun around and paddled. As I got to my feet, I knew I had made a good decision. Who needs sleep anyhow? Cold cloudy days build character! What a great idea to come surf with my friend. I should start every day like that day.
What if we don’t want to surf? We might miss out on the joys and the feels that surfing gives us. For many followers of Christ, prayer feels like a chore that we don’t want to engage in at times. But once we do, like that fifth wave, something happens. It’s unexplainable but God meets us in a way that things change. Attitude changes but more than that… it’s supernatural. It’s the Holy Spirit, and we need the encouragement of others as to not miss out.
“We must never wait until we feel like praying before we pray for others.
Prayer is like any other work; we may not feel like working,
but once we have been at it for a bit, we begin to feel like working.
We may not feel like practicing the piano, but once we play for a while, we feel like doing it.
In the same way, our prayer muscles need to be limbered up a bit and once the blood-flow of intercession begins,
we will find that we feel like praying”
– Celebration of Discipline by Richard Foster