Sunday evening while we were worshiping the Lord in song as a church family, I received a text from a dear church member whose husband was in the hospital in severe pain. As soon as the song was finished, we took the opportunity to pray for this dear man and his wife.
During my visit in the hospital today, I expressed my appreciation for her taking the time to send a text so we could pray. Immediately she apologized with a bit of embarrassment for the interruption.
At that moment, the Lord brought something to my mind which I shared with them. Prayer never interrupts our Heavenly Father. Prayer never interrupts the Throne of Grace (Hebrews 4:16). Prayer never interrupts the work of God. Prayer never hinders the goings on in Heaven. Therefore, why should stopping to pray be an interruption in our church services. We have, I’m afraid, come to the place that in too many of our church services/gatherings our formalism has drowned out the Holy Spirit’s leading to change the service order so we can pray.
When I shared these thoughts with this dear lady and her husband, he without hesitation declared, “AMEN!”
Our churches would be so much better off, enjoying the presence of God, seeing His power at work, watching souls come to Christ, believers being revived, and enjoying the blessings of unity around the Throne of Grace if we prayed more (Psalm 85:6; Acts 2:42; 12:5; 16:16; Ephesians 6:18; 1 Timothy 2:1).
Prayer is never an interruption!