I admit that I am a pretty confusing guy and close to a recluse if everyone will leave me alone. My older daughter has declared me “Daddy Hermit!” becoming more like my own dad by the day. As long as I have my pot of black coffee, “dark roast please”, I am a happy camper. Pam will tell you that I can go into my unorganized office and stay for days. How about hygiene? Let me just simply say that some of our close neighbors are contemplating a move! I am not quite that bad. For being such an outgoing guy, I love my personal privacy and probably too selfish about “me time.”
H-O-W-E-V-E-R, there is an electronic sound that has invaded my privacy and most times in the past has not been well received…that is until lately. That sound is the “ping” sound of a text delivered my way. The constant “ping…ping…ping…ping” has not been the sound dynamics I envisioned in my office. However, since COVID-19 has been on the scene and increasingly more prevalent, I have totally changed my perspective. “Ping” has become a source of joy. Why? It is either someone who is concerned and reaching out to one another and even more dynamic a prayer of faith that was just offered up for me, one of my loved ones or others who are really struggling. I now understand that a “ping” represents kingdom work for which I am grateful. Lately, they have sounded like “popcorn pings” going off on my phone. Man, that has really touched me.
God has scolded me and reminded me in a fresh way the power of prayer singularly and collectively. James 5:16-18 is dynamic, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective. 17 Elijah was a human being, even as we are. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. 18 Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” When the prayer of a righteous person is put into action and made effective by God—it becomes dynamic with tremendous power. James the Apostle used the example of Elijah who was a very human being with a ton of inconsistencies along the way. Yet, this one man prayed and shut rain off for three and a half year. Then, he prayed again, and it rained. A prayer offered in faith from one person impacts the kingdom. So, “ping” my mobile all day long! Each one is kingdom work.
Then, Matthew 18 addresses collective prayer…the prayer of two or more, “19 Again, truly I tell you that if two of you on earth agree about anything they ask for, it will be done for them by my Father in heaven. 20 For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.” When two or more of us have centered on God’s will and pray, “it will be done for them by my Father in heaven.” When I send out prayer needs to a group and I hear “popcorn pings popping” on my phone, I recognize that two or more are agreeing and IT IS DONE!
So, “Daddy Hermit” is giving you the privilege to “ping, ping, ping, ping” away on my phone. I hope others will feel the same way. Kingdom work is getting done!