Just Pray

 

With just about everything closed, seems like time just wasting away
Woke up one morning and asked, Lord, what it is you’ll have me to do today
He answered – just pray

• Pray for the people in the hospital with no one at their side
• Pray for the families grieving for members who’ve died
• Pray for those who have to stand in food lines
• Pray for those without income during these times
• Pray for medical personnel and other front line people
• Pray for the government and the leaders
It will take energy, it will take all day, but
Just pray

Jesus went to the mountain and prayed all night (Luke 6:12)
So if the Son of God can spend all night to pray
You can spend all day
Then be still and meditate
Listen for my voice on ideas for next steps to take.

Insight
I thought what am I doing to help during this pandemic. With the need to keep distance, I couldn’t see a role. Then I began to feel like I was useless. So one morning as I opened my eyes, I asked the Lord how could I be useful and purposeful. And He said pray. Just simply praying won’t put you in the forefront of noticeable activity but prayer will result in noticeable positive change. Sometimes it may seem prayer is useless because results don’t always come right away. But past experience and the Bible tells us otherwise. Below is some of what the Bible says:

Prayer will result in a cure and healing. 2 Chronicles 7:14 says If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

Pray without ceasing. In 1 Thessalonians 5:17 it says pray without ceasing. So it’s nothing to have an all day prayer session. It is so many things to pray about and so many people to pray for.

Prayer is stronger together. Jesus said where two or three are gathered together, He will be in the midst. So, it’s good to get a prayer partner, or prayer group.

Some things come about by nothing but prayer and fasting. A lot of problems and situations and sickness can be fixed only by God. He is the creator of the earth and human kind. He wants us to know the He is our great and compassionate father. Therefore, He wants us to ask a Him for what we need. Jesus said in Mark 9:29 that somethings get resolved only through prayer and fasting.

Pray effectually. Not only does pray takes time, it takes sincerity and fervency. James 5:26 says the effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.

Pray Like An Athlete Plays

The tennis player was one set from elimination
Yet, the score served as no intimidation
Her serves and volleys stayed in continuation
Like she was going to have a championship celebration

Similarly, in one NBA finals
The team was three games behind in best of seven
No team ever won from this far behind
Yet, the team leader played like games just started
Didn’t care about the score or time

Common traits I’ve noticed among great athletes
They don’t care how far behind in scoring they are
They don’t care what little time they got
They press forward like the game has just started
Determined to win in their hearts
They don’t let opponents intimidate them
I’ve seen great athletes almost loose
Only to come back and ultimately win

When it comes to prayer,
I aspire to pray like an athlete plays
Pray without ceasing
Don’t let Devil intimidate me into getting beaten

It doesn’t matter how bad it looks
It doesn’t matter about the time on the clock
If you wanna win; pray with all the strength you got
When it seems, there are no more good days
Pray like an athlete plays.
Scripture Reference
Philippians 3:14
I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.