There was a well-known pastor who frequently asked his church members, "Did you pray today?" Knowing this question was coming, the church members always made sure they had said a prayer on days they would be seeing their pastor.
"Yes!" they would say. "Today I prayed for so-and-so to come to know Christ!" Or, "Yes! Today I prayed for my brother, who is recovering from surgery in the hospital!"
One Sunday morning, a homeless man wondered into the church. The pastor, seeing the homeless man from across the room, was quick to take the opportunity to welcome him into his church--especially since all the churchgoers were watching.
After saying hello and introducing himself, the pastor leaned in close and asked the homeless man, "Did you pray today?"
The homeless man leaned in even closer. "Prayer happened," he whispered, "and I was there."
Inspired by Richard Rohr's The Naked Now.
9.24.17 First Baptist Church in Madison, SD
3 weeks ago