I believe prayer changes things. When I say “prayer” I do not mean writing “Praying for you” on Facebook and calling it a day. Prayer is not passive. Prayer bridges gaps between the natural and supernatural placing us face to face with our God who is the only one powerful enough to change helpless situations. Prayer is warfare behind closed doors, crying out to the Lord when you know the battle would be lost otherwise. Interceding for loved ones when they need supernatural help is anything but passive and I believe that is the only way to see clarity and change.
“When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” Ephesians 4:8 NLT
He led a crowd of captives. Not free, not “church people,” he led a crowd of captives. The world is a hurting, broken, place, right now. People are dealing with unimaginable pain and life circumstance. It is our job to shed rays of hope on hopeless situations. To love others and love them well because love and truth are what sets captives free. Always reach out. If you see someone doing good, tell them they are doing good! If you see someone doing bad show them you care. These are the things that spring up revival in our cities. Revival starts in reaching out. Revival starts on our knees praying to the Almighty God who is the only one who can reach down and rescue, who is able to save and make new every hopeless situation. That is the God we serve and it is our job as believers to pray for the ones who are still living in fear, shame, and unimaginable pain.
I have lived a life where I related more to Paul living out a prison sentence than I did Paul living out the gospel. I have lived a life that I did not want to wake up to. And I am here today because of God, prayer, and people rallying alongside of me until I was able to find my bearings again. People prayed for me, reached out to me, let it be known that they were there to help…and with that I was able to gather the strength to call my doctor, find a medication that worked for me, and live to tell the tale. We must commit to praying and being there for people because lives depend on it.
If you are reading this and you need prayer for anything. I don’t care if your dog just died. Pain is pain. Hurting is hurting. I would love to pray with you. Shoot me an email or find me on social media, but no matter what, you matter. No matter how big or small the prayer request you have someone fighting for you in heaven and I want you to know there is someone fighting for you hereon earth too. Stay strong, friends!
Do you see what this means—all these pioneers who blazed the way, all these veterans cheering us on? It means we’d better get on with it. Strip down, start running—and never quit! No extra spiritual fat, no parasitic sins. Keep your eyes on Jesus, who both began and finished this race we’re in. Study how he did it. Because he never lost sight of where he was headed—that exhilarating finish in and with God—he could put up with anything along the way: Cross, shame, whatever. And now he’s there, in the place of honor, right alongside God. When you find yourselves flagging in your faith, go over that story again, item by item, that long litany of hostility he plowed through. That will shoot adrenaline into your souls! Hebrews 12:1-3 MSG