Category: Spirituality

Praying Houston

Walking with a band of believers through the streets of downtown Houston, I feasted on a wonderful sound. It was kind of a reverse take on the Pentecost experience of Acts 2. In that biblical story, people of varied tongues heard each other in their own. In Houston, the people were all from one place but speaking a variety of languages — in a group of only about 75 people.

This group from throughout metropolitan Houston “prayer walked” through the business district of downtown Houston. They were among three such groups, the others going to the criminal justice and compassion districts.

There was no majority ethnic group, nor could I detect a dominant denominational group. They had only one obvious thing in common: They called Jesus Lord and desired that others in Houston know Him.

Prayer in an open, public place on a gorgeous fall day is food for the soul of the one who prays, and who knows what good might be wrought by those prayers.

It, quite simply, was the perfect way to launch the two-week CityReach effort leading up to Texas Baptists’ Annual Meeting Nov. 16-17 in Houston. Now, across Texas, we can join them in prayer for this largest of our cities.

(Originally published by me on the We Are Texas Baptists blog on this date.)

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Lord, teach us

Monday afternoon we held the monthly meeting of the BGCT Communications Team, and we started by lifting some prayer concerns to God. Then we let God speak to us.

Mark 1:21-22 says: “And they went into Capernaum, and immediately on the Sabbath he [Jesus] entered the synagogue and was teaching. And they were astonished at his teaching, for he taught them as one who had authority, and not as the scribes.” (ESV)

It’s good to be reminded of the special nature of Christ’s teaching. Many of us have read His words, plus many words about Him, so many times that we forget the uniqueness, power and authority that they possess. At least I do.

I saw a note earlier in the day from Dan McGee, interim director of the BGCT’s Congregational Leadership Team, about the importance of spiritual formation. That got me to thinking. How, during this special time of the year, am I allowing the Holy Spirit to continue forming me?

Christmas is a good time to be reminded of the ongoing importance of allowing God to shape us, mold us, build us.

Lord, teach us.

(Originally published by me on the We Are Texas Baptists blog on this date.)