Pray… and then pray some more

There is definitive proof of institutional racial bias in our country. People are being shot in response. ISIS is threatening the lives of people in an entire region. The humanitarian crisis in Syria continues to displace and kill millions. All of that to say, the world is a messed up place. How should we respond? Obviously, we should do everything in our power to help each other. But what if we have incredible power to help people daily, and we neglect to exercise it? In Ephesians, Paul writes that we have “the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead” in us, through the Holy Spirit. So, if we ask God, he will do AMAZING things. So often, though, I never ask.

This week’s suggestion of how to change the world may seem to some as a cop out. However, I believe that prayer is a necessary step in all world-changing activities. Prayer has more power than I can know or understand. It is also hard to do. One of my goals for the new year was to spend 15 minutes a night praying. Not reading my bible, just praying. I fail at it almost daily. Despite this, though, I have seen its power. Jesus loves to talk with us through spending time with him. Also, He said that God answers prayers. So you want to change the world? Pray. Pray often. And listen to God’s answer.

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