A few years ago, in front of a packed coliseum of hockey fans, a young hockey player skated off the ice, collapsed beside the player’s bench, and went into violent convulsions. His heart had stopped–sudden cardiac death syndrome. Emergency personnel jumped into action. They slashed open his hockey jersey and began to administer CPR. The crowd watched in silence as two of his teammates skated in panic to bring over a stretcher, and as doctors strapped him to the gurney and rushed his lifeless body across the ice and into the back of an ambulance. The whole episode was so frightening that the game was postponed, and 20,000 fans sent home.
It’s frightening to witness an emergency like this. This young man was resuscitated with CPR, but most people whose hearts stop are not nearly as fortunate. Tragically, many die. What is equally frightening and tragic, is those whose physical hearts are beating, but who experience an emotional or spiritual cardiac death syndrome. On the outside they look just fine–but inwardly, their spirits are convulsing, grasping for that last breath of life.
I believe that the state of a person’s prayer life is an indicator of the condition of that person’s heart for God. A healthy prayer life is a sign of a healthy heart. A weak prayer life is a sign of a heart that’s weak or faltering. When that’s the case, it’s a good idea to administer some Prayer CPR.
CPR works best when it’s administered at the first sign of trouble. If you wait too long, it can be too late. Take this quiz to check your prayer pulse and see if it’s weak or faltering. Then, add up your results. How did you do?
0-10 Hanging by a thread
11-20 Weak & Irregular
21-30 Starting to miss a beat
31-40 Heartbeat is steady (but some cardiovascular weakness – could be better)
41-49 Prayer Warrior
50 (Can I have your autograph?)
Do you need some Prayer CPR? Don’t be discouraged. Most of us do. Check back tomorrow for three simple steps to help strengthen your prayer heartbeat!
Topics: Relationship with God