Thoughts on Prayer: Momentum
College football is a passion in my fair state of Alabama. We have one of the longest and strongest in-state rivalries with Auburn University in college football history. It is an understatement to say we love football here. Recently, the head coach for the University of Alabama located in Tuscaloosa, Alabama, USA made a request of the fans. He asked that they remain for the entire 60 minutes of the game—all four quarters. Alabama aka The Crimson Tide is in the middle of a historic dynasty. They have the trophies to prove it. This season the fans, students of the University included, have been leaving early, which has left the cheering section virtually silent and the team unsupported during the fourth quarter. Winning can lead to complacency, can’t it? Coach Saban’s call for Tide fans to remain faithful to spur on their team till game’s end got me thinking about momentum.
Momentum requires movement. In order to gain momentum one, in this case a team, has to be in motion. It takes time to build it. It takes focus, determination, endurance and being fully present each moment of each play to maintain it. Momentum isn’t easy to get started or maintain. It is vital however, if change and consistency are to occur. Building momentum can be exciting, also. Seeing hard work begin to pay off in the form of winning can be exhilarating for all involved in the process. Once momentum is obtained, and remains steady, it can be so easy to become complacent and, dare I say, lazy. Remember momentum requires motion/movement.
Momentum is also critical in our lives as Christ followers. If we are not in motion, we will slowly begin to stagnate in our walk with Christ. As we know, stagnant water doesn’t smell good. We need endurance, focus, and stamina to remain present and be consistent in our journey with Jesus this side of heaven. Prayer, Bible study, fellowship, outreach and Sabbath rest are important to starting and maintaining momentum. This week focus on your faith race/walk. Enlist your support team. If you don’t have one, seek out one. You won’t be able to finish well without them. Run well! Hebrews 12:1-2