Monday, October 19, 2009

Pray Like it's 1999

What have you been doing since 1999?

(That's ten years ago, for those of you keeping score.)

If you are like me, and the years are starting to blur together, here are some random events from 1999 to give you some perspective:
  • The Euro was born
  • The first episode of Sponge Bob SquarePants aired
  • The DOW crossed 10,000 for the first time (ironic, as we just crossed it again)
  • Apple launched the first iBook (not iPhone)
  • Exxon completed its merger with Mobil
  • JFK Jr. died
  • Fight Club and Matrix were top movies
Oh, and some folks in Kansas City started praying.

And haven't stopped since.

St. Paul tells us to "Pray without ceasing" (1 Thess 5:17), and the folks at the International House of Prayer in KC have been doing just that.

Ten straight years of prayer. Day and night.

I can't even remember watching the Matrix for the first time, and these people have been praising God relentlessly ever since.

And as I think back to some of the silly ways I spent my time over the past ten years, I ask myself, "Who spent their time more wisely, these people or me?"

(Please don't answer that, I already know who.)

May God continue to inspire the folks at the International House of Prayer.
And may they, in turn, continue to be an inspiration for all of us.

God Bless.


Gabriella said...

Didn't know about the International House of Prayer - wow! admirable!

(Hope I pray a bit more than I did in 1999!)

Anonymous said...

Great post Michael! I didn't know about the Internation House of Prayer either. What an inspiration to us all.I hope you are having a good week.

the booklady said...

Well add me to the list of people you just educated Michael--that is SO cool! And it really does put things in perspective doesn't it?! Ouch! I know I haven't made such good use of my last ten years... (sigh)

Thanks for very inspiring post!

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

Wow! I did not know this. Thank you for sharing that information. It is inspiring -- and I know I don't stack up anywhere near to that, but it is a good goal to reach for, isn't it?