Many of my prayers lately have contained the word FUN. Yes, you read that right I am praying for fun.
I should be clear from the beginning I am not talking about laughs had at someone else’s expense or bad jokes; the kind where you laugh for a moment and then feel like you need to stop because it is not appropriate. I am talking about laughter and fun that just is flows out of something that is truly good.
FUN…who prays for FUN? Especially when there are so many, seemingly “more important” things to pray for. There are people who are sick and who are in need. There are people that are hurting. There are those struggling physically, mentally, emotionally, relationally, financial. There are epidemics, disasters and the general state of our culture that could use all of the prayer I can give. I have responsibilities and roles that I could be covering in prayer; praying for my husband, my children, my family, my friends, my Bible study, my community and so many, many more.
Isn’t it selfish to pray for FUN?
I do not really know the answer to that. So today I have set out to do some searching on this topic. Before I get too deep into what I have discovered, let me share why I started down this path.
Many of my prayers lately contain the word FUN. They also include the name ERIC. ERIC is my husband. We have been married a tad over 14 years now. We have two children. We have a lot of responsibilities that pull us into many different directions and take up our time. Our few precious couple moments, from the outside looking in, would appear more like a business meeting than of a couple fanning the flames of romance.
Our time is spent in discussion over the current family schedule, what our financial obligations are, requests for our time, how we should decide to respond, what is the latest project around the farm, what sounds the vehicle has suddenly started making, the projects that the kids need our help with for school and the list rolls on and on and on. All of the sudden our time alone is spent or interrupted.
I have been left thinking, was that time together helpful? Did I encourage ERIC and build him up or was I too focused on the next project? Did I remember to thank him for all the hard work he does for us to provide financial? Was I too strong in telling him that I was feeling empty? I did not want him to feel bad about that, but I wanted him to know that I feel more like a corporate partner that his beauty.
I have cried some tears over this. I honestly acknowledge that we have a good marriage. We are not having major problems. We share hugs and kisses and daily I love yous. It is just that our marriage is feeling a bit stale and boring. I feel like this is not the best that God has in store for our marriage.
So I started praying for us to have a bit of FUN together.
After a few days of praying this way. I thought I had better check my Bible to see what it says about FUN.
Turns out it is not in my concordance; it goes right from fully to future. No FUN.
Here is where perseverance comes in, I am not giving up yet on my prayers for FUN.
Sometimes it helps me in my studying to look at the words that I am trying to search for. Here’s a little help from Webster.com
FUN: someone or something that is amusing or enjoyable
AMUSING: causing laughter or enjoyment
ENJOYMENT: the condition of having and using something that is good.
From this I gather that Fun is having someone or something that is good and brings laughter.
“Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.” 1 Timothy 6:17
God richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.
God richly provides us the condition of having and using that which is good.
“But whatever is good and perfect comes to us from God, the Creator of all light, and he shines forever without change or shadow.” James 1:17 (Living Bible)
“a time to weep and a time to laugh,” Ecclesiastes 3:4 (NIV)
Take Away Truths
- Whatever is good comes from God
- God does not change, He is shining brightly all the time
- We should not rely on, or put our hope in, our stuff, only in God
- God richly and abundantly provides
- It is ok to cry and it is ok to laugh
At this point, I experienced a great encouragement that is was acceptable for me to pray for fun and laughter, especially in my marriage. My opinion is that our having fun and laughing is us enjoying and savoring the good things that God has given us. In a way I suppose it focuses us on all that we have. We should probably make sure that we turn our laughter and fun times into praise for God. Don’t you think that God gets the glory when we laugh?
My dear reader, I can not tell you how much I appreciate being able to share my journey with you. Especially the ups and downs. My personal times of study are good, but there is just something so awesomely amazing about being able to reveal what I am going through. You are an absolute treasure and a precious gift to me. On this side of heaven, we may not have even met in person yet, but I still pray and give thanks for you.
I hope if there is an area of your life that is feeling stale or even worse, I pray that God blesses you with some joyful lighthearted fun. I hope there is a time of rich laughter in your life. But most of all, I hope there is no prayer that you are afraid to pray. In some silly little way, I probably held off praying for fun for so long because it was not the so called “appropriate” thing to pray for.
I truly believe that if we take IT to God, whatever IT is, and give IT to Him that He will reveal His truth. Through God’s truths He will help us to refine our prayers. I do not think that God can do any refining if we are not giving Him any raw prayer material to work with.
Please join me and pray, even just one, crazy prayer that you never thought you could pray. May we together be amazed at what God does with it.
Joyous and Delightful Lord,
Please remind us that we may come to You with everything we have, the good, the bad, the splendid and the grotesque. Help us to not edit our prayers before they even begin, but instead allow them to pour forth from us like a babbling brook running down a mountain. Help us to trust that You, who separated water from land, can carve the path of the brook and shape the stream of our prayers as they flow.
Please Lord, I ask of You to bless each of my beloved readers with a bit of fun today. May the gifts You give them in this day bring them so much enjoyment that it bubbles up in laughter. May it be a sweet sound of praise, ringing glories to You.
In Your sacred name, Jesus, amen.