Fuel for the Journey
BY JIM KIRCHNER, CAMPUS PASTOR
One of the best ways to start up a new year is to fuel up. I often think of prayer as “fuel for the journey”. In many ways, this life is a road trip stuck in between eternity past and eternity future. I’m sure that not one of us would think about taking a road trip without fueling up. Prayer in many ways is the fuel that keeps the engine of life going, which reminds me of a lesson I learned from my father that I’ll never forget.
Growing up in harsh Wisconsin winters, my father taught my siblings and myself when we reached driving age to never let the fuel tank get below half. “Half-full was on empty” was what we were told. What my dad was doing was for our own protection – he did not want us to get caught out in a winter storm or slide off the road without enough gas in the tank to keep the heater going. Prayer is like that in many ways: it keeps the warmth of God in our hearts. Prayer keeps the warmth of loving others in our actions. Prayer frees us from unforgiveness and keeps us warm and pliable for God to work in our lives. I could go on and on about prayer as there is no shortage of passages emphasizing the importance of prayer in the Bible. Some call us to “pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17) or pray for others (1 Timothy 2:1) “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people.”
Prayer is a focus for us at Valor. Perhaps you have been a recipient of our prayer teams calling and either talking with you in person or leaving a message assuring you of their prayers (I’m deeply thankful for this team). Please take note of some of the thoughts from our prayer team below and especially note the opportunity to receive prayer from them through the prayer team hotline:
“In 2018, six Valor moms answered the calling to reach out to every Junior family and offer prayer. In school surveys, we have found that Junior year is one of the most stressful years at Valor, so that seemed like a logical place to start.
The response was overwhelmingly positive. On numerous occasions, a family would say, ‘You called at just the right time’, ‘We so appreciate Valor reaching out personally in this way’, or ‘Now we don’t feel alone in this.’
The blessing was two-fold – not only for the receiving party but also for the one offering prayer to help carry the burden – and we realized God’s work had just begun. What followed was an increase in the number of prayer callers to every Valor family last year to offer prayer and encouragement. The prayer team would then meet to pray in confidence over the needs of our families.
Now, families can also reach out for prayer at any time. A prayer phone line and email address are open 24/7 to our community. The phone number is 303-471-3020 and the email address is email@example.com. If you need prayer at any time, please feel free to leave a message knowing that your prayer request will be held in confidence and prayed for by our prayer team.
Valor is committed to strengthening and encouraging our community, and that begins with the power of prayer.”
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact
you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11 (NIV)