Livin’ on a prayer

I was 16 and a junior at Oxford High School (USD 358, Oxford, KS, population 1000) when Bon Jovi released “Livin’ on a Prayer”.

Woah, we’re half way there
Woah, livin’ on a prayer
Take my hand, we’ll make it I swear
Woah, livin’ on a prayer

As a heavy metal fan (think Metallica, Ozzy Osbourne, AC/DC), I did not want to like this song. I especially did not want to like Jon Bon Jovi. Somehow, though, I knew the lyrics. The fact is that if I hear it today (32 years later!), I can still sing along without thinking (and usually do, full disclosure).

I heard similar text from the Psalms that is so much more meaningful, though. Check this out.

I pray to GOD—my life a prayer— and wait for what he’ll say and do. My life’s on the line before God, my Lord, waiting and watching till morning, waiting and watching till morning. (Psalm 130:5 MSG)

The psalmist announces that he’s not living on a prayer, his life IS a prayer. What a wonderful outlook! When we pray, we worship our Creator, Savior, and Counselor (Father, Son, and Holy Spirit). When we pray, we communicate our joys, our failures, ourselves. When we pray, we deepen our relationship with our God. When we pray, we seek His help and healing for ourselves and others. When we pray, we learn to love from the God who is love (1 John 4:8). When we pray, we learn to trust more fully as we wait with certainty for God’s response.

This is a life worth leading:

  • worship
  • communicate
  • deepen
  • seek
  • love
  • trust.

May your life be a prayer, too. God is always listening, friend, morning to morning, day after day!

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About Tony Schmitz

Tony Schmitz received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Temple University in 1993, his MS in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1996, and his PhD in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Florida in 1999. He is a mechanical engineering professor at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.
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2 Responses to Livin’ on a prayer

  1. Jeremy Luke Mix says:

    great post tony

    Understanding the purpose and power of prayer by Myles Munroe really changed my previously mundane perspective on this critical function in a believers life.

    Like

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