Young piano students have a hard time grasping the idea of practice. They don’t see any point in playing a song more than once -- especially if it seemed easy. “I already did that” they tell me. They miss the concept the song teaches and the technique that needs to be mastered. You build on these basics.
As we enter the new year, we step into the next phase of our vision as a church: To be people of love. That doesn’t mean we toss the Year of Prayer into the old news bin and forget it. It means that we build on the foundation of prayer, growing in our faith by adding to it.
Our Journey of Love is rooted and entwined in the Journey of Prayer. The first command is to “Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength” (Mark 12:30). Prayer gives us the avenue to express that love in words of adoration. Our love for God will grow as we begin to realize His love for us.
We will also learn that our love for others grows as we pray for them. Praying is the ultimate way of caring. It is the giving of the heart. And yes, it takes practice!
I will show my love to the Lord by offering my heart to Him daily in prayer. I will start each day with the words, “I love you, Lord.”