From “Black Lives Matter” to “The Womens March” to political movements, grassroots activism defines our day. We rally to take power from power-hungry upper-class and place it with the people.
While these movements are compelling and certainly deserve our attention, it often feels like our ardour for these induces may tear the very fabric of our nation.
Division is everywhere. People are afraid. Hate abounds. Something needs to change.
Throughout history, prayer has been a catalyst for people of faith to raise their voice toward change in moments just like this. In 1952, the U.S. Congress said the first Thursday in May to be observed annually as the National Day of Prayer for prayer and meditation on behalf of the members of our commonwealth, leaders, and world.
When many of us think about prayer, we think about people gathered at church or households praying before an Easter meal. In general, we think of a short, polite listing of requests that ends with an, amen. But prayer is far more than this.
On this week of the National Day of Prayer, I invite you to think of prayer as the ultimate sort of demonstration. And while many people associate prayer with conservative politics and senior citizen, I belief prayer furnishes an opportunity for every person to lay aside their differences and come together.
Although you may have never thought of it like this before, here are 10 reasons set out above prayer is the ultimate protest.
Prayer admits we have a problem . b>
Every protest begins with a problem. When we pray, were acknowledging that God designed the world for ordering, but weve messed it up. When we recognize disorder in the world, its day for us to pray.
Prayer admits we dont have the final solution . b>
What if, for only one day, we were humble enough to admit we dont have all the answers? For all our dissensions, wed begin to see one simple fact: Were on the same team. Our objective is a flourishing society.
Prayer goes right to the source . b>
When you want to protest a citys policies, you march on its streets. When you want to protest disorder in the world, you knock on heavens doorway. Youll never find God unavailable or out golfing. Hes available 24/7 to you and me, and He wants to listen.
Prayer is about being known and desired . b>
When my kid asks me for a snack, I dont give him a boulder. Yet when we demonstration, we often feel the annoyance of not being heard. Scripture tells us God is not like an unrighteous magistrate. He hears us, and He desires to answer us.
Prayer doesnt require a degree in religion . b>
Whether youre a clergyman or totally irreligious, God welcomes your voice, your problems, and your concerns. Prayer runs not because were perfect, but because were calling out to someone who is.
Prayer dedicates the stress over to God . b>
Reforming society is stressful run. When we pray, were handing the weight of our burdens over to God because we recognise merely He can bring the change we want to see in the world.
Prayer changes me . b>
Prayer has a lane of showing us our own heart. When we pray, we recognise our greatest want isnt changed policies but changed heartsand we are first in line.( Church, youre not excludedGod ever starts with His own kids .)
Prayer reframes the problem . b>
Our greatest problem cannot be fixed by policy alone. When we pray, we protest the root of every human injusticeour own break, selfish nature. While statutes are important, society isnt ultimately changed by behavior modification, but by heart alteration.
Prayer leads us to action . b>
Contrary to popular perception, prayer is not passive; its not a spiritual opt-out from our problems. On the contrary, prayer alleviates our burden and dedicates us a renewed vision of a world merit fighting fora world fitted with self-giving love.
Prayer changes the world . b>
I belief prayer can change the world. Flip through the pages of history and youll recognize prayer as the ga for culture-shaping movements. From Civil Rights to historical examples of revival, the evidence is clear. When we pray, God moves.
I belief Congress recognized6 5 years agoprayer to be a uniting force-out for their fellow citizens of our great commonwealth , not something exclusive to one segment of the population.
So this week when we’ve observed the National Day of Prayer, will you join me in protesting the unfairness in our world? Let’s pray.
Nick Hall is an evangelist and the founder of PULSE, the prayer and evangelism motion behind UNITEthe nations largest millennial-led National Day of Prayer event, held annually in Minneapolis.
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