The planning process for the 2013 General Assembly is ramping up, which got me thinking . . . Our Disciples mission is to be and to share the good news of Jesus Christ. We’re a pragmatic, active people who partner easily with others to make life better for our neighbors. As a movement for wholeness, we extend God’s welcome to all at the Lord’s Table. We’re people who like to “do” as we extend welcome and seek wholeness.
Sometimes, though, we get too busy to pray. Sometimes we are active in our community out of muscle memory (knowing we should and knowing how, but neglecting the “why”). We get a bit disconnected from God and from each other. Eventually our commitment to mission lags.
In the gospel of Luke, the original disciples cry out, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray.” They’ve already been busy preaching and prophesying and healing in Jesus’ name. Their desire for prayer this far into their ministry reminds us that our motivation for action comes from our vital relationship with the living Christ. Our energy for mission comes from the Spirit of God. We are fueled for our mission by a life of communicating with God through prayer.
The 2013 General Assembly theme, “Lord, Teach Us to Pray,” calls us to pray deeply for God’s direction, strength, courage, and initiative in mission. It offers the opportunity for praying communities of Disciples to connect with each other.
Oh, Lord, as we move together toward wholeness, teach us to pray.