Today I am reminded of the song “What if His People Prayed?” by Casting Crowns. I can remember many instances where my brother and I would sing this song in our house. We knew almost every word to every song on the album.
Once again, over ten years later, I feel God pressing on my spirit the same question posed in the chorus of the song I grew up listening to.
What if His people prayed?
Some of you reading this may be thinking, “Well, actually Ashley I do pray. I pray before I eat and whenever I’m in church.”
Others may say, “I pray about this situation and that person before I go to bed.”
The list of examples could go on and on. Right now, I just want you to take a minute and hear me out. What is your prayer life like? And answer the question honestly.
Are your prayers limited to certain places and particular times? Do you only come to the Lord with a laundry list of things you want Him to do? Do you only seek God when you find you can’t do something on your own?
If we’re being honest with ourselves, I think most of us would say we’ve fallen short in prayer. I’m not saying that in the sense that we don’t pray correctly or that our words aren’t sufficient to reach the ears of God Almighty. What I am saying is that if our prayer walk was a well, very little water would be able to be drawn from us. Our bases would be dry, our resources depleted.
We treat prayer as an obligation. Something “good Christian” people do. We use flowery words or recite prayers we don’t understand. We want to dig deeper with God, but when it comes down to it we make the excuse that we just don’t have time to pray.
Philippians 4:6 reads, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.”
When we withhold from prayer and fellowship with the Father, we are manifesting our pride. We are telling Him that we don’t need His grace or strength to speak life into this world. We may not say the words out loud, but we are telling the Lord we can handle this living thing a lot better on our own.
Paul urges the church in Philippi to come to God with everything. Not just the high points and not just the low points. Not just our requests and not only our thanks. God wants a relationship with you.
Just like you wouldn’t want a friend or family member to come to you with rehearsed lines or seem disinterested in what you have to say, so God wants you to come to Him out of love instead of guilt.
Today I pose the question what would happen if Christians began praying for our families, churches, communities, nation, and world? What if we opened our hearts to a movement of God and actually began to act on what He’s spoken to His through His voice and through His Word?