Experience Prayer

John lived in the Yakima Valley in Washington State, one of the top apple producing areas in all of the country. His family owned an apple orchard, so John spent his entire life surrounded by apples. He knew all about them. He knew how to develop the root systems to produce the best trees. He knew when it was time to prune the trees and the time to pick the apples. He knew the chemical components of the different things that needed to be put into the ground to make sure that the trees produced the best crop. He knew all about those apples.

If you asked him to name varieties of apples for you, he could rattle them off. He could say the Baldwin Red and the Courtland Smooth, the Fuji Green and the Golden Delicious, the Granny Smith and the Jonathan, the McIntosh, the Pink Lady, the Red Delicious, the Rhode Island Greening, the Winesap, the York Imperial—he knew about apples.

And John always talked about apples. He knew about their health benefits. He always told people "an apple a day keeps the doctor away." John married a girl who was the apple of his eye. He bought a Corvette that was candy apple red. When people would tell him that he was like his dad, he would reply “Well, the apple doesn't fall very far from the tree."

Something happened to John one day that changed his life forever. He was walking through the orchards, and he reached up to a limb. He pulled down a piece of fruit, and for the first time in his life, he ate an apple. And it changed everything.

Sometimes, we have a lot of information about things that we’ve never truly experienced. Prayer can be one of those things that we have more information about than personal experience. There are a lot of great resources on prayer but God is calling us to something deeper than that.

The Word of God says, "Pray without ceasing."  (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

Today, I want to challenge you to pray.

Have a great day, and keep moving forward!