The RSVP is a request for a response from the invited person or people. It’s derived from the French phrase Répondez s’il vous plaît, literally, “please reply.” The RSVP seems to be a diminishing aspect of our etiquette. I regularly hear from couples planning a wedding who say that it is just one extra hassle to have to call after people to get an RSVP. While not RSVPing to an invitation when asked is rude, not responding to an invitation from God can be far more devastating.
This past weekend we wrapped up our seven week series on the topic of prayer at Ephrata Community. While we jumped into several aspects of prayer I feel like we just scratched the surface on this deep and important subject.
As important as the information and teaching about prayer was, I think the most important piece of our time together on this subject was not the information about prayer, but the invitation to prayer!
My sense is that the Holy Spirit has been clear during our time of a study of prayer, that He is inviting us to take the posture of humility demonstrated by the disciples in Luke 11:1 when they asked Jesus, “teach us to pray.”
The disciples already knew how to pray – religiously. But they saw something in Jesus that was different: an opportunity to pray as a result of a gracious relationship with their heavenly Father.
Have you submitted your RSVP to this awesome invitation to a new experience in prayer? God’s waiting for your response.