"But we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word." Acts 6:4
I love to use my gas grill as much as possible
during nice weather. Whether it’s burgers, dogs, chicken, or steaks, there is
just something about grilling that makes food taste better. (Well, it only
tastes better if you don’t get a phone call and forget you have food cooking at
an extremely high temperature, and a grease fire that will take the cooking
temperature from 300 to 500 degrees in a matter of minutes). As you can
probably guess, that did happen to me some years ago, but to my wife’s liking,
the cow wasn’t mooing any more. He was charbroiled and as hard as leather!
Whenever I grill out, I love to use certain
seasonings that give the food a hint of flavor, so I sprinkle, flip, and then
sprinkle again. (Just a pinch handful gives it a nice seasoned taste).
Well, no matter how much you season something, it never has the same effect of
being marinated (stay with me, I am going somewhere). What’s the difference?
Time. When meat soaks overnight in an environment of marinating, it gets
saturated with the flavor. When you sprinkle, the flavor doesn’t have enough
time to thoroughly soak in.
My point is this: when you just sprinkle some prayer
into your life, it’s okay, but when you soak your life in prayer, it saturates
your entire being! Your soul absorbs it and you become completely controlled by
the Spirit’s power. That is why a healthy prayer life is the key to coping with
life’s hard issues. The seasoning may give you some flavor, but marinating
something will saturate until it infiltrates the finished product. I urge you to marinate your life in prayer
and take time to get intimate with Almighty God. When you daily soak your life in God’s presence,
people around you will know that you have been with God and the flavor will be
contagious! Stop sprinkling and soak in prayer!
*Pastor John's weekly devotionals can be heard on WFBM 90.1 and 90.5 Saturdays at 5:30 AM and 4:30 PM.