“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)
But what can I do?
In the midst of this pandemic, this question gets asked a lot. In the midst of the economic melt down, with the increasing numbers of people dying and getting infected, being stuck at home because of our age and pre-existing health conditions, it’s natural to feel helpless.
What can I do?
Actually, quite a bit. You can pray.
Queen Mary, better known as Bloody Mary, said of the great reformer John Knox, “I fear the prayers of John Knox more than all the armies of England.”
Don’t underestimate the power of prayer. Every single revival that has ever taken place has been accompanied by prayer. Every time God has moved in mighty ways, it was prayer that undergirded God’s ministry. Prayer changes everything. There is power in prayer.
Five young college students were spending a Sunday in London, so they went to hear the famed C. H. Spurgeon preach.
While waiting for the doors to open, the students were greeted by a man who asked, “Gentleman, let me show you around. Would you like to see the heating plant of this church?”
They were not particularly interested, for it was a hot day in July. But they didn’t want to offend the stranger, so they consented.
The young men were taken down a stairway, a door was quietly opened, and their guide whispered, “This is our heating plant.” Surprised, the students saw 700 people bowed in prayer, seeking a blessing on the service that was soon to begin in the auditorium above. Softly closing the door, the gentleman then introduced himself. It was none other than Charles Spurgeon.
What can you do? Change the world. Pray.