Perhaps some of you are old enough to remember the old Saturday morning cartoon “Scooby-Doo.” The dog (Scooby) and his owner (Shaggy), along with their friends, travel about in their van (The Mystery Machine) and solve mysteries involving supernatural creatures. The mysteries always get solved, and what appears at first to be supernatural is neatly explained as a series of human inspired tricks designed to fool people.
Contrary to the Scooby-Doo narrative, the mystery of prayer is anchored in the very real supernatural activity of God’s work in our world. When we connect with God and with other like minded believers in prayer, we invoke this supernatural power for His Kingdom to come and His will to be done. How the Lord answers our prayers remains mysterious, but not in a way that causes fear. The mystery of prayer is more about wonder and expectation.
Even knowing this however, it is still a challenge to trust that God hears our prayers and is acting on our behalf. Bad things still happen, people still get sick, and life can still feel complicated. Despite all of it, God calls us to climb into the mystery machine of prayer and journey with Him from one place in time to the next. Are you ready to climb into the mystery machine of prayer today? The door is wide open and the passenger seat is unoccupied. There is no better time and place that right here and right now!