Apparently Chick-fil-A must be a good place to pray. I see it happen quite often. Before I tell you about my most recent citing of prayer at Chick-Fil-A allow me to remind you again that it is one of my favorite places. The food is delicious. It is always fresh and fairly reasonably priced compared to many places. The people who work at the Chick-Fil-A’s in the Metroplex (there you go Drake) are always friendly and cordial. I mean where else do they serve you always with a smile and then say, “My pleasure!”
At most of the stores there is free Wifi where I can get a lot of work done (like write a new post for the blog or catch up on answering email) while I sip on a large sweet tea (which by the way is consistently outstanding!).
They are always closed on Sunday to allow their employees time to worship and spend time with their families (how can you not love that?) I know, I know, not everyone loves Chick-Fil-A as much as I do. But hey, I have to; I am a Chick-Fil-A Ambassador.
The other day as I answered emails, did some work on PTC, and wrote a couple of blog posts I saw three different groups of people who prayed. The last people were a couple of young ladies who were seated across the lobby involved in what appeared to be a very intense conversation.
It was obvious that one of the young ladies was hurting. Before they left they held hands across the table and prayed. I don’t know the source of the pain or the content of the prayer, but I thought how wonderful.
I hope that more Christians will pray with and for one another. Prayer is our lifeline to God. The disciples of Jesus once requested of Him, “Lord, teach us to pray.” (Luke 11:1-2. Obviously during the time they had spent with Jesus they saw how important prayer was to Him. They wanted to know the secret to His prayer life.
In our Sunday school class last week we learned from Jesus (John 14-16) the following thoughts about prayer.
PRAYER IS DEDICATION. Prayer is our opportunity to show our devotion to God and our dependence upon God (John 15:5-7). When we pray we are making a declaration that we are devoted to our Father and that we cannot survive by ourselves.
PRAYER IS COMMUNICATION. We understand that the Bible is God’s way of communicating to us (John 17:17). Thankfully, our communication with God is not a one-way street. God allows us to communicate with Him through prayer. Prayer is our lifeline to God.
Jesus tells us that we are God’s friends. If we are God’s children and His friends, He is interested in us. He is interested in our concerns our cares, our worries, our relationships and everything about us. It is not necessary for us to know any key men because we know the one who holds the keys.
PRAYER IS SUPPLICATION. Paul reminds us that we should let our requests be made known to God. (Philippians 4:6) The word supplication is just a big word for request. We don’t make our requests to God to give Him knowledge of what we need. God is already quite aware of every need we have.
In addition to the reason Paul gives here in this passage for letting our requests be made known to God (so that we can have peace, Philippians 4:7), another reason would be so that we can articulate in our own heart and mind what we feel we need most.
PRAYER IS COOPERATION. When we pray we are partnering with God. We are asking God to help us in our work for Him, with our families, in our walk with Him. When we abide in Christ and ask for the needs of our heart, we are bringing glory to God (John 15:7-8).
So after seeing all of these people praying I did what every preacher would do. I prayed! My prayer on this day was focused on my two families. I prayed to the Lord about my concerns for my physical family and my spiritual family. As it turned out it was a very intense prayer. And as it turned out Chick-Fil-A is in fact a pretty good place to pray.
Dear Father, we thank You that we can approach Your throne at any time from any place. Thank You dear God for having Your door and Your heart always open to Your children. May we never take for granted the blessed privilege that is ours to call upon Your Name. In the Name of Jesus who intercedes for us we pray, Amen.