Psalms: 101, 109:1-4;20-30
Old Testament: 1 Sam 7:2-17
New Testament: Acts 6:1-15

[the Israelites said to Samuel] ‘Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, and pray that he may save us from the hand of the Philistines. (1 Sam 7:8b)

As someone who feels called to the priesthood, I definitely feel a tug on the heart-strings when I read this passage. Whatever else I am called to do……whether it be youth work, mission and outreach, figuring out church finances……I am called first and foremost to pray for the people I serve.

It took me a while to grasp that. For a long, long time I viewed prayer as a way to give God my grocery list of needs and wants. Now that I’ve become a bit more mature (not much though :P) I’ve learned that prayer is much much more.

When we come to God…..we bring not only ourselves, but we unite our voices with whole Christian community.

The early Church was insistent that we never pray alone. From the solitary hermit in the deserts of Egypt to the busy family of 5 praying before meals….it is all part and parcel of the same package.

Like Samuel, we are asked not only to pray for ourselves…..but for our friends and families.

To add to the craziness…..Jesus turns things on their head and says we must pray for our enemies…for those we hate……for those who insult us…..and for those whom we struggle to love. 😛

As much as I hate saying the Daily Office sometimes, I am thankful that it forces me to carve out time for others. It forces me to speak aloud to the Trinity when I would much rather just get my tasks done for the day.

Above all though, I am thankful that I have been called to a vocation which allows me to work on my prayer-life–and even more than that–to be supported by my brothers and sisters in Christ as I move forward into ministry……some of which I hope will be officially ordained and recognized by the Church. 🙂 +