Don’t tell me that my prayers aren’t good enough. I believe in a God that listens to the cries of His children. I believe in a God that is petitioned by prayers. I believe that my prayers do actually change things, and I’m sick of being told that they aren’t good enough. I’m sick of being told that me weeping at the feet of Jesus interceding on behalf of others just won’t cut it – as if a Facebook post calling out those who pray after tragedy is doing anything at all.
I get it. We live in a culture dominated by action, but I believe my prayers can create movement in the heart of politicians who make laws. I believe that my prayers can provide supernatural comfort for the families who are experiencing inexplicable pain – a comfort that I myself am in no position to give. I believe that my prayers have the power to stop future plans of the enemy. I believe my prayers can manifest more action that I could ever do on my own. I believe that my prayers can move God to action. So although you may look at those who pray as passive, inactive bystanders – I couldn’t see it further from the truth.
I’m unsurprised by those who don’t believe in God saying things like this – like obviously prayer wouldn’t be enough. But the amount of professing Christians or those who profess to believe in God who are shaming those who claim prayer actually works is…beyond baffling to me.
I’m well aware we all have different belief systems, but I believe that prayer is our greatest weapon against the evils of this world. I believe that prayer is the greatest act of love one could possibly take. I understand that most believe frantic action is the greatest change agent, I understand that most believe that calling representatives and making your voice heard is the best way, and that’s all just fine. I thank you for the act of love. I believe your action is valuable and worthy. I won’t sit here and shame you for your belief that that’s the best way, but I also won’t sit idly by as people tell me that my prayers don’t matter. I won’t sit by as you shame me for my belief that prayer works. I just don’t get why it has to be one or the other.
I’m sure this pervasive thought that prayer is puny stems from the flippant “I’ll be praying for you” sentiment that we’ve all received before, with no action behind the words. But if you’ve ever had someone who actually believes prayer works pray for you or with you, you will feel a shift, you will feel God lean in. These prayers aren’t small, flippant, or an afterthought. If you know someone who treats prayer like the weapon it is, you couldn’t deny its power – you wouldn’t be able to look them in their eyes and say “not good enough”.
Maybe it stems from some of our prayers that weren’t answered in our favor. Actually, I’m sure much of it stems from this. The family member that wasn’t saved by prayers. The incident that wasn’t avoided with prayer. We all have unanswered prayers, we all have prayers that didn’t turn out in our favor. But that says nothing about prayer itself. Your prayer isn’t broken, and it doesn’t go unheard. At the end of the day, God is not our genie. BUT, something else happens in prayer when it’s used to intercede on behalf of others. Something happens in prayer when it’s not all about us. Something happens in prayer when the cries of our heart align with the heart of God. Something happens in prayer when it’s all about love.
I believe it all boils down to our belief about God. If you believe that God isn’t for you and God isn’t good, prayers seem like a moot point. But if you believe that at the end of the day God is sovereign, that God is GOOD, that God is for you, then prayers seem like the best way. I believe in a big God, a God moved by prayer.
I won’t sit here and tell you that your calls to your State representative aren’t good, because I don’t believe that. But, I also won’t sit here and allow you to tell me that my cries to my God, my Father, my Creator aren’t good enough for you. I won’t accept your belief system that all of this change falls on the shoulders of a fallen, broken, dysfunctional people. I won’t sit by as people tell me the power of God isn’t big enough for all of this. I can’t accept the belief that we as a people have more power than the Creator of the Universe.
My heart is completely broken. So I’ll be over here on my knees praying.