That’s when we say “Hey God.”

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When I think of the word “prayer,” I, along with probably many of you, automatically think of someone, silently or aloud, simply talking to God. While that is an amazingly personal way that God allows us to connect with him, it isn’t the only way. Prayer takes on many forms, like in the way we live our lives and the choices we make that reflect God’s love. I once heard prayer defined as “the natural result of a belief in God.” For me, the most rewarding way to pray is to be willing to go wherever God leads you. Sometimes it’s obvious where He wants you to go. Sometimes, God leads you in a direction without you even knowing it. If you’re lucky, at some point He’ll reveal himself and you’ll see that is was Him all along!

The latter was the case for me when I signed up to serve on team for QUEST last spring. The QUEST weekend was similar to a regular LOG weekend, but adapted in some ways to better serve middle schoolers that were preparing for their confirmation.

Many of the team members on QUEST will tell you that their favorite part of the weekend was Saturday night. We were able to use the beautiful sanctuary for vertical worship. We sat up by the altar, and the acoustics of our raw voices filled the space as we praised our God that brought us all together. An awesome (and I really do mean awe-some) prayer experience. God felt close in that room – the room that 24 hours earlier felt cold and too new to me. On that Saturday night, it felt like home. Silence and listening for God were the forms of prayer I embraced in that moment, and He showed up. It made me think of the line in the song that Brian Grantz has led us in at several agapes, that says “God is in this place.” I couldn’t help but sing that to myself in the sanctuary on that night, because it was clear that He was most definitely there.

When I was ready, I stood up to take my piece of paper to stick on the cross. As I stepped into the aisle, with the lights shining on the cross and the people that I had come to love praying all around me, the song “Come As You Are” started playing. Tears streamed down my face as I walked down the aisle towards the cross, listening to those lyrics. I was coming to God to “lay down my hurt and lay down my heart.” To say that I was overwhelmed would be an understatement. I was coming to God just as I was, which was more than enough for Him. We try to make it more complicated than it actually is. We don’t have to be perfect and have it all figured out to be able to pray, we just simply have to come to Him. This was a powerful prayer experience for me because I finally realized that prayer isn’t as complicated as I had thought, and it doesn’t have to be pretty. There is nothing you need to do to prove yourself worthy of His love.

As I sat back down, continuing to cry, I looked up to see Nan with her arms (holding a warm and fuzzy blanket) outstretched to hug me. She sat down and prayed for me, and if you’ve ever prayed with Nan, you know about the waterworks that are involved. When Terry gathered us all together again, I sat down next to Erin Pinter, my face red and puffy from crying. When she asked if I was okay, I told her “yes.” And I wholeheartedly meant it.

Sometimes we catch ourselves wondering where the heck God is in our lives. I’m always blown away at how close we get with people who were once strangers by the end of the weekend. We are just simply being children of God and connecting through His love. He has given us the people we need in the good and the bad. It’s in our obstacles that we turn to the people He’s given us to bring us closer to Him. That’s when we say “Hey God.” That’s when we “come as we are.” That’s when we pray.

Lizzie White
Participant LOG #72
Coleader LOG #87

Special thanks to Lizzie White for sharing this post in our new LOGblog series of reflections from LOGgers and LOG alums.  If you would like to contribute to the new LOGblog, please contact Molly or Terry McBride.

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Prayer Requests

A real-time prayer group for the LOG / MYM community can be found on the MYM Prayer List on Facebook.

  • Please pray for Maverick Culp as well as Whitney (#15p) and Travis (#13p) Culp (and Maleigha) as they work through a number of medical issues with newborn Maverick.
  • Please pray for Molly Malone (#29p) who was hospitalized on 1/10/17 for tests.
  • Please pray for our new LOG Coleaders as well as youth and adult team members and potential participants.
  • Please pray for Alexis Love (#88p) who was baptized last weekend as well as Jacob Parks (#59p) who reaffirmed his baptismal vows last weekend

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LOG Teams Have Begun

LOG #89 – Coleaders: Aliya Bralick & Nick Williams
– Thursday evenings from7-9pm
– at Evangel Heights United Methodist Church (114 N. Ironwood, SB)

LOG #90 – Coleaders: Emily Oppman & Lexis White
– Sunday afternoons from 2-4pm
– Firehouse Campus of Clay Church (17646 Cleveland Road, SB)

LOG #91 – Coleaders: Ashley Decker & Theresa Leyba
– Sunday afternoons from 4:30pm-6:30pm
– Firehouse Campus of Clay Church (17646 Cleveland Road, SB)

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