We ought to spend so much time with people we love that there is plenty of evidence of the relationship. The Native Americans are talking about the many ways to knowing good friends. I like that.
When I was a boy I often walked a path to a couple of sacred spots. My family lived on a farm in southwestern Kentucky and my older brothers built a tree house hidden away in a wooded tract of land. A little deeper in those same woods was a secret pond where the Sims brothers — and occasionally their sister — could fish or look for frogs. Don't underestimate the mystique of a tree house and fishing place known only by a few kids!
We knew the way to the tree house and pond because we went there so often. And over time we made a trail. Eventually anyone could follow the well worn way. We would have never stayed away from the tree house and pond long enough for grass to grow on the path.
This can be true of friendship and it can also be true of prayer. Prayer is a trailhead to friendship with God, a pathway to the controlling influence of God's character, the junction where we merge with His mercy. Prayer leads us to God. So we need to be familiar with a time and place for prayer. Prayer is a way to knowing God.
We need to say this: Don't let grass grow on the path of prayer.
If you are not practicing prayer there is always time to begin. Start today. Trust me in this: no one feels 100% satisfied with their prayer life. We all wish we prayed more often and we long to make deeper petitions when we pray. When it comes to the journey of prayer no one has arrived. So begin where you are right now and see where you are in a week, a month, or even a year.
Recently Tricia, a wife and mom of three kids, began to pray daily for the first time in her life. She has joined over 300 other people in our church family in 40 days of walking in prayer together and listening for God's voice. Tricia recently e-mailed me to say:
I am embarrassed and proud to admit that for the first time in my Christian life my prayer life has true meaning. I set aside personal time to work through the days lessons/thoughts and special time for prayer. I find myself praying more than once a day which is something new to me and I have finally found my way to my knees in prayer, something I never fully grasped before now.
Some of the early converts to Christianity in Africa were so attentive to their prayer time that they found their own special place to pray in solitude. These sacred spots were away from their village. As they walked to their prayer place they would create their own private footpaths through the brush. When grass began to grow over one of these trails, it was evident that the person to whom it belonged was not praying very often. When a brother or sister noticed an overgrown "prayer path," they would lovingly go to the person and say, "Friend, there's grass on your path!"
Friend, if there is grass on your path or you'd like help in making a new path, let me know! Email me: DannySims@altamesa.org. I would love to help you make a new path for your life.