I’m often struck with various urges. Mostly, I get the urge to eat a bit of chocolate. My love of the outdoors is why I believe I get the urge to take the kids to the zoo on a regular basis (if you’re going on a long walk, why not go where the scenery is engaging?) But today I’ve been struck with an ongoing urge to pray.
What a great reminder — as I move from living mostly with my mind on earthly things to keeping my mind mostly on the things of heaven – that the Christian life is a supernatural journey.
Imagine if you were part of an entourage for a huge celebrity and as such got to see and experience things the throngs would consider once-in-a-lifetime thrills. Now imagine being in the entourage of the most powerful Being in existence; perhaps the throngs don’t see the excitement in it, but I certainly do. I’m trying to draw a distinction between earthly thrills and heavenly pleasures.
When I commune with God as a person who is free from unforgiveness and habitual sin, life is anything but commonplace or boring. Experiencing the nearness of God is like turning my human existence into what in fleshly terms would be the equivalent of enjoying a chocolate sundae with homemade Blue Bell ice cream (available mostly just in Texas and the best in the world).
Indeed, today I find the urge to pray stronger than the urge to eat. What am I praying about? I’m not even certain why there’s such a powerful pull on me to drop to my knees. I know that two of my children have job interviews today for positions which would improve upon their current work situations. I also know that my second move in approximately a month is one week away; definitely need prayers for that.
It’s been a while since I’ve felt such a strong spiritual pull of any kind. I’m not using a lot of words other than agreeing that God’s will be done in the situation prompting my Spirit to pray. Whatever God is up to, I’m just grateful and excited to be in his entourage.
New King James Version (NKJV)
26 Likewise the Spirit also helps in our weaknesses. For we do not know what we should pray for as we ought, but the Spirit Himself makes intercession for us[a] with groanings which cannot be uttered.