Recently, I attended a very special prayer breakfast. I was invited to pray with some of the most precious women of God while we shared a cup of coffee. Now I’m not a coffee drinker, so I was at a bit of a loss. All of the prayer warriors had mugs of a sweet smelling Hawaiian brew, so I decided to give it a try. If this is what godly women did, I must participate!
We eventually moved to the living room, stood in a circle, held hands and began praying. Their hearts opened up and spilled out praises and petitions before the Lord, and I was humbled. These were truly rare gems that God was using for His glory. They sent me home with a mug and told me that every morning while drinking my Cup-of-Joe, I would be reminded to pray for them. And they would be doing the same for me.
For the next five days, I craved coffee. I kept dismissing it as a silly notion but soon gave up. I stopped by Wal-Mart on the way home from a friend’s house. I bought coffee, creamer and filters hoping I would be able to figure out the process when I got home. I drank it (in my special cup) and no, it still did not taste good. My sinuses opened up and my eyes began to tear, but my taste buds were not appeased.
But as I sat drinking my java, I had a thought. Maybe the craving wasn’t for the coffee as much as it was for the conversation with God. My mug was a symbol of the sweet prayers that were going up on my behalf and God was calling me to respond….to take a moment to sit down and just be with Him. I thank God for my coffee-drinking prayer buddies and for their example of faithfulness.
And I pray that I never lose my craving for the rich blend of warm fellowship with friends and sweet conversation with the Lord….coffee or no coffee.
“We ought always to thank God for you, [sisters], and rightly so, because your faith is growing more and more, and the love every one of you has for each other is increasing.”
– 2 Thessalonians 1:3 (NIV)
“Lord, I am blessed to have Christian friends in my life that pray for me. Thank You for their example of faithfulness that comes from time spent with You. Help me to remember that fellowship with You and fellowship with others is a sweet gift that should never be taken for granted. Your word tells us that we are to “share one another’s burdens,” so right now I lift up my friends….”