Save Time and Preach Like Never Before. Try the new

By Pastor Jim May

How many of you love being in a crowd? I suppose the answer to that question would depend upon what we are calling a ďcrowdĒ. For some folks, a crowd consists of anything more than 2 people. For others, the more people there are, the happier they are. Some folks just love crowds. I suppose that this has been one of the limiting factors in my own personality. Iíve never felt comfortable in a crowd, unless I could find a few people to absorb the time and form a smaller group inside the crowd, then the crowds donít bother me as much.

As a minister of the gospel, Iíve always desired to be different so that I could love a crowd, but the only time that is really true is when Iím in the church. The church is my comfort zone. I suppose thatís because the church to me is home, itís my Fatherís House.

Iíve never been comfortable around a lot of strangers and, as long as I walk this earth, I am a stranger to this world. I may know a lot of people and I can talk to just about anyone, anywhere and on any subject with some intelligence, but I really donít have much in common with most people unless they are committed Christians. It doesnít take long until the small talk is finished and I have to get on to more serious conversation. Thatís when most people will walk away because they donít want to get serious.

Being able to interact with people and enjoy being around people is a plus when it comes to ministry and witnessing the gospel message to them. Itís so very important that we love people and love to be around them, to let them know that we care.

But there are times when we need to be alone with God!

Itís in those times when we get along with God Ė One-on-one with our Heavenly Father Ė that we really begin to know who God is.

Worshipping together as a Body of Christ is wonderful and uplifting to all of us, but when we worship God, One-on-One, we can really worship, as we should. Praying together in a prayer meeting, or during the regular worship services, or around the altar is great, but my greatest times of prayer have always been when I was One-on-One with God; just He and I in a secret place.

Matthew 6:6, "But thou, when thou prayest, enter into thy closet, and when thou hast shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly."

One of the reasons that One-on-One prayer is so effective is that we get just down, get real, and be ourselves with God. We donít have to put on some kind of religious face or talk in religious terminology.

In the church, we are expected to pray in certain ways and to say certain things. And we surely canít be completely honest with God in front of the church all the time when we are praying about some problem or trouble in our lives. Some of the prayers we need to pray are better said just between the Lord and us. We donít want to give ammunition to some dear saint of God