I'm no bull rider, but I can pray
I don’t like feeling helpless. I don’t know many people that do. I try to avoid the feeling as much as possible. I can recall only a few times in my life when I have felt this way. One that sticks out to me occurred at the very gullible age of 6. My loving grandfather encouraged me to sit on the back of a young calf and ride it. Trusting my grandfather, as any reasonable 6-year-old should, I attempted to lower myself on to its back. Within seconds I found myself about 10 feet in the air, pondering the current feeling of helplessness I was experiencing. There was nothing to cling to and no other way out of this helplessness but to let nature take its course. Fortunately, nature was quick to take its course. Unfortunately, nature chose to take that course violently as I slammed to the ground. Although I was not seriously injured, “bull rider” was no longer on my list of dream jobs.
That helpless feeling comes back to me when someone shares an issue or problem they are having, and I have no physical ability to solve it. So, like the good minister that I am, I offer to pray. Often, I feel helpless in that offer. I feel like I am not doing my job as a minister or as a brother in Christ. Am I the only one that feels this way? Why does it feel so helpless at times to offer prayer? Why do I feel so weak at times when that is all I can offer, and why do I see it as a last resort to do something instead of a powerful first step to dealing with life? Is anyone with me here?
In the book of Nehemiah, the main character, Nehemiah, is immediately presented with the problem that his hometown is destroyed and his people are not protected. Eventually, God gives Nehemiah the wisdom and the path to restore the city and his people back to God. However, Nehemiah did not start out with a plan. He began with prayer. It was not some sort of last ditch effort to do something holy, and it sure wasn’t an offer to transition out of a conversation (did I step on any toes there?). Nehemiah truly believed that the work was so great that only God could make it happen.
This is what I believe about the work of college ministry here at Calvary Baptist Church. The work is so great, and it is so necessary that only God can shape the lives of college students for His glory. Since that is the case, let us pray. Let us believe that God has a plan for our college students to become the next generation leaders of God’s family. Let us believe that God wants to do some incredible things in the lives of our college students, and we are but the laborers. Let us pray not as a last resort, but as the most important thing we can do to prepare for the work God has set before us.
In the next few weeks, students will be arriving at Louisiana Tech, and for some this will be their first year on the college campus. Will you join me over the next few weeks in praying for our college students? Click on the link below for a copy of a 21-day prayer calendar. Please join me each day as we ask God to intervene specifically in the life of our church, college ministry, and community.