The Men of Iron Minute
by Chad Zueck | Director of Content Creation
Men Who Wear Green Crocs
The small airport is quiet, and people are patiently waiting for their plane to depart. It’s a Sunday evening, so there’s not much happening at Gate A. The flight is late, way late, but, surprisingly, the passengers appear unbothered. Sprawled out in the seats and nervous about the uncomfortable distance to the person next to them, stillness controls the room. I am standing in the main aisle stretching my legs when I notice a bald man in a blue dress shirt and khakis. He is not wearing a mask, so I am naturally a bit surprised. His steps are labored with a limp on his left leg. He ambles row by row, person by person. His lips are moving, but I couldn’t hear the words. Rudely, I am staring at this point. I am thinking, “What is he doing? What is he saying? Is he looking for someone to talk to? Why is he walking around the space like this?” My mind is buzzing, and my eyes are locked on like a heat-seeking missile.
As I looked down, I saw that he had on well-worn green Crocs. Blue dress shirt, khakis, and green Crocs. He rounds a corner very near to me, and I hear this word from his mouth, “… Lord…” The mysterious man keeps walking by me and walks in front of everyone waiting to board the plane. This green Croc wearing man was praying over every passenger at the gate. I was moved and immediately challenged, “Why don’t I pray like that? I don’t pray enough. Maybe I should pray more…” The Spirit’s whisper was clear to me at that moment, “Bless people and pray for them, and don’t ever forget the impact of one single prayer.” This odd man is bent on changing the world, and now I know how, the power of prayer. A man cannot grow in his faith without becoming a man of prayer, and a man of prayer shows great faith.
I needed this reminder, and maybe you did too.
Here are some steps to a vibrant prayer life.
Philippians 4:6, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.”
- Prayer– “to speak to God, to ask God” Stressing interceding for others.
- Petition– “an urgent request to meet a need”
- Thanksgiving– “to express gratitude towards God”
- Requests– “request or demand or begging”
How can we know if we are growing in our prayer life?
In her book Sacred Rhythms, Ruth Haley Barton lines out some simple ways to chart our growth.
- When what you’re doing isn’t working so you begin to ask, “Is this all there is?”
- Your desire for God grows without external- words, images, or old patterns of prayer.
- You find yourself being alone with God without structured activity.
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