I still have my marble! And I continue to keep it my pocket! Terry Caffey spoke at Harvey Oaks Baptist Church on February 17th. During his sermon, he told the story of the marble he kept on him to remind to pray for his daughter, who is still in prison.

At the end of his sermon, Terry Caffey gave an invitation for anyone with a specific prayer request to come forward and take a marble out of a bowl. That marble then was a reminder to pray. Dozens of people came forward to take a marble or two out of the bowl. I also took a marble and it has been in my pocket ever since.

Each time I reach into my pocket and feel that marble, I immediately begin to pray. Prayer is to be like breathing. The Word of God is very clear that consistent prayer is to mark every follower of Jesus.

Colossians 4:2 says…Continue steadfastly in prayer… 1 Thessalonians 5:17 echoes that truth: Pray without ceasing!  Psalm 88:1 also says: O LORD, God of my salvation; I cry out day and night before you! Day and night, we are to cry out to God in prayer! Wesley L. Duewel, in his book, Ablaze for God writes:

All Christians believe in the duty of some prayer each day. Most, however, have an ordinary prayer life except in emergencies. Too often they have never realized the thrill and excitement of communion with Jesus and prevailing in prayer for others (183).

According to Duewel, the more consistent we are in prayer, the more “thrill and excitement” we will experience in our fellowship with Jesus. Moses is a good illustration of not only close communion with God through prayer but also the impact such fellowship with God has on the individual. Exodus 34: 29 says:

When Moses came down from Mount Sinai, with the two tablets of the testimony in his hand as he came down from the mountain, Moses did not know that the skin of his face shone because he had been talking with God.

If it takes a marble to remind us to pray, so be it! What is important is that we actually prayer as often as we can and to pray about everything so that we can experience the joy and the peace of the Lord!

…do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication thanksgiving let your request be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.

Amen!