It is moment to converse with God and share with him your thoughts and emotions. Finding that special place and time to pray becomes a spiritual vacation with the Lord.
The following story comes from the annals of The Church of the Savior in Washington, D.C. The Gordon of course is Gordon Cosby. “The irrational decision sometimes, when bathed in prayer, has the wings of the Holy Spirit. The quickest illustration to come to mind is our decision to buy Dayspring Farm. Buying Dayspring was an irrational decision by anybody’s fiscal notebook. We couldn’t have done a sillier thing than to buy Dayspring. We had just bought our building at 2025 Massachusetts Avenue. I think we had 15 or 20 members. Only half of them were employed in paying jobs. And we owed $100,000 on this building.” But the Spirit was moving within the members of this congregation, in ways mysterious and unsettling to Cosby himself. Individual members began coming forward with checks, small but sacrificial, urging Cosby to begin the search for an out-of-town location for a prayer and retreat ministry. Against his better judgment Cosby appointed a committee and they began searching for property. The farm they found, for $35,000 or $37,000 for 180 acres in Montgomery County. Gordon Cosby said, “We sat on the floor and prayed. Then we unanimously voted to do that idiotic, irrational thing. We owed $100,000. We did not have a clue as to how to finance our little church. We were in a brand new building. And we voted to spend $37,000 on a retreat farm. Suppose we hadn’t done it. We did pray. It was decision bathed in prayer, beginning with the two people who gave checks. Within a year, the Atomic Energy Commission decided to relocate and to move to a site one mile from Dayspring. Before anyone set foot on our property, within a year it was worth a $500,000. Now much more. Had we waited until it made fiscal sense, would we ever have had Dayspring? Of course not.”
Sometimes, if the prayer life is deep enough, decisions which seem irrational are bathed with a kind of wonder. This is true for individuals, and it is certainly true with churches.