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Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Brett Favre, Vikings vs. Packers, Twins vs. Tigers and the Epicenter of our Passion

posted by Mark Herringshaw

For the moment, Minnesota is the epicenter of the sports world. Brett Favre and the Vikings out dueled Favre’s old team, the Green Bay Packers on ESPN’s Monday Night Football. Yes, I watched. Yes, the drama played out as billed. On Sunday the Twins, three games back with four to play closed the regular season with a victory forcing a tie breaking game 163 tonight in the same Metrodome against the tailspinning Detroit Tigers, who by the way are all abuzz with speculation of why their star Miguel Cabrera was drunk at 6 AM on Sunday – the day of their final game of the season – and how he got bruises on his face. Police say it was a “scuffle with his wife Rosangel. Ah, the melodrama! And yes, I will be watching. Add to this the running of the Twin Cities Marathon on Sunday, the University of Minnesota Gopher’s near miraculous comeback against Wisconsin on Saturday in their new TCF Field – and yes, I listened to the game on the radio – and wow… We’re a state full of emotionally wired Norwegians!   

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I’m only half kidding. I love watching and playing sports. But there is a certain cost. Emotional capacity is a zero sum game. Our time and our energy works on a budget. Jesus says “Where your treasure is, there your heart will be.” He means that what we focus on we’ll care about. Our passion follows our presence. If we give ourselves to fabricating the instincts of tribal loyalty by rooting hard for the home team, we’ll in turn CARE about the home team and then in turn not have capacity to care about other things. We humans work under the law and limits of the reality of displacement. One thing in our lives always displaces another. Nowhere is this principle more true than in sports. When I commit time to watching the Tigers vs. the Twins tonight – I will – I will be taking time away from feeding the poor, praying for the sick, writing this blog…

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I’m not feeling guilty about this. That’s not my point. There’s nothing “sinful” about watching a good dramatic spectacle. I’m simply saying it’s good to remember that there is a cost.  

We Viking’s fans still bear an 11 year old wound when we lost the NFC championship game to the Atlanta Falcons. I can still tell you where I was when the tragedy struck. My eight year old daughter Elisabeth and I were attending a Sunday afternoon meeting for a Mexico outreach trip to Juarez where we were headed to work in an orphanage. Before the meeting began we stood around a big screen TV to watch the last quarter of the game. To our horror, the Vikings blew the lead and lost the game. There were about 100 people in the room and honestly, some were crying. I was stunned and sickened. I felt like something had died. I recall still the painful ache of real grief.

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Why? Why did I “grieve” over such a thing? And worse, I was emotionally spent. We had our outreach meeting, and began watching a video of students working in Juarez, battling entrenched poverty, caring for parentless children, sharing their lives and the love of Jesus. It was a powerful picture of a REAL battle for life and death. But… I didn’t care. I couldn’t feel anything! I was spent. I had vented my heart on that football game.  I had compartmentalized, and had nothing left for what really counted. 

The point is there’s a cost to parceling out our hearts. We have many things in our lives; we have to know that we’re on a budget, of time and energy. Where my treasure is, there my heart will be.

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I will be watching the Twins and Tigers tonight. But I’m also going to deliberately budget time (my real treasure) for some truly important spiritually priorities – purpose – including praying for earthquake and Typhoon victims in Asia, praying for victims of terror and war, praying for my friend in the hospital, for the couple we know struggling in their marriage, that the families we know without work would have the provision we need. I believe in the power of prayer and also know that prayer works on me – to direct my passions in directions that really matter.

That said, Go Twins!

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Prayer for Conde Nast Magazines Closures

posted by nsymmonds

It was announced today that four Conde Nast titles–Gourmet, Modern Bride, Elegant Bride and Cookie magazine–would be closing following a consultant recommending cost-cutting efforts for the huge publishing company. I am no stranger to the publishing industry’s often-sharpened ax having sort of been under it once upon a time. So I certainly can empathize with every person who received the bad news today and will be out of a job. Please join me in prayer as we lift up everyone who lost their job today.

Heavenly Father,

I come to you in prayer on behalf of those who lost their jobs today because of the Conde Nast magazine closures. 180 talented people are now out of work but Lord I acknowledge that you are Jehovah Jireh, our provider. Though they may be out of work now, I pray that your hand would not be slack in their lives. May their every need be supplied according to your riches in glory. I pray for peace to fall upon everyone from this moment forward. Though they may not understand why this is happening to them, let your peace that passeth all understanding fall upon them. Don’t let them try to reason it out, let them come to the realization that everything happens for a reason. You have an awesome plan for their lives. Help them to trust you. Let them look to you for direction. Let this be a season of new ideas and creativity that they weren’t able to have before. Inspire them to greater works. Show them the good of this situation which seems bad. Do this all in Jesus’ Name, Amen.  

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Rosangel Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera and Prayer for the Plague of Domestic Violence

posted by Mark Herringshaw

Call it irony, or a sign that I should comment directly on Rosangel Cabrera, Miguel Cabrera and the plague of domestic violence. An hour ago I added a post about a woman I met in a coffee shop who died last Friday at the hands of her husband – a murder suicide. Check it out below. Now news comes across the wire that Miguel Cabrera, the Detroit Tigers slugger showed up at the game on Sunday with bruises on his face. Police reports reveal that officers arrived at the Cabrera’s home Saturday night responding to a call of “family trouble.” The complainant was Cabrera’s wife, Rosangel. Coincidence?

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The prayer I offer at the end of the last post is pertinent for the Cabrera’s and the many others like them.  Yes, domestic violence is an epidemic. Let’s again pray for God’s peace in every home, especially those where fears and threats are all too common.

 

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The Twin Cities Marathon and My Prayer Partner

posted by Mark Herringshaw

My friend Art finished the Twin Cities Marathon yesterday. He’s now accomplished this fete 26 times (one for every mile of the grueling course). This year he’ll run six different marathons around the country. I won’t tell you Art’s age, but suffice it to say, his commitment is impressive! Last year Art dragged me across the TCM finish line. I had a knee strain this year and couldn’t join him again. But today I’m remembering his faithfulness to see me through to the goal! 

After I read the results in this morning’s paper I called Art and we had a good time remembering our adventure last year. Running 26.2 miles with a friend is probably the only way I could have done it. The weather in ’08 was horrid. It rained the first 11 miles and around mile 17 I developed a spasm in my right hip. Believe it: I wanted to quit every step of the next 9 miles! But Art kept me going. He coaxed and prodded and encouraged and pushed me when otherwise I would have given up. I finished the race – not with any record time, but with Art going every step beside me! 

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Art is more than a running friend. He’s also one of my most faithful prayer partners. Art prays for and with me, and without his spiritual strength and wisdom I know there would be times I’d fall short of God’s best. Art is a marathoner on the streets, and he’s a spiritual marathoner as well. I’m thankful for his partnership in both ventures. My relationship with Art reminds me how much we need the support of friends in all areas of our lives – prayer included. Jesus said that the prayers of “two or three agreeing together” have great power.

I encourage you to find an “Art” in your life – someone who will run with you with Jesus, and not let you quit along the way in your marathon relationship with God!

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