Prayer is the Mother of all transformation.
“Necessity is the mother of invention” is an English-language proverb. It means, roughly, that when the need for something becomes imperative, you are forced to find ways of getting or achieving it.
In our current situation with the COVID-19 pandemic, we are going to need to engage in prayer to seek the kind of transformation that Jesus wants in our country.
In 2 Chronicles 7:14,15 it says, “Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land. My eyes will be open and my ears attentive to every prayer made in this place.” If we long to see true and long lasting change in the midst of this pandemic, we are going to have to pray. Prayer and seeking the face of God is what it is going to take to see our church, our city, our country come to our heavenly Father in humility and seek true change.
Coming before our Father with hearts turned to pray is what is really going to bring transformation. WE need to run our hearts to prayer.
We have just finished walking together through the book of Mark, and It is interesting to note that after the busiest recorded day in Jesus’ ministry. He crawled into bed very late that night, but the next morning look at what happens. “In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there” (Mark 1:35).
Now, if I were Jesus, I could have come up with many reasons to stay in bed that morning. I would find a good excuse to roll over and hit the snooze button. To say, “God, I know this is the time I usually meet with You, but I had a busy day serving You yesterday. Surely you want me to catch up on my sleep.” But Jesus knew that prayer wasn’t just a nicety; it was a necessity.
If prayer was essential for the Lord Jesus Christ, the perfect Son of God, if prayer was vital to Him, then how important is it for us? E-Free we need to recognize our own need to engage in prayer for our city, country and ourselves.
We need to seek the face of God, because He is the only one who can bring lasting change.
I am calling us to another day of prayer and fasting this Monday, April 20th. And we will gather together as a church at 7:00pm on Monday evening.
In the meantime, there are requests we can be praying for:
- Our country would experience a turning towards God.
- The health crisis in needy countries would be minimized by God’s healing power.
- The people of our church would serve the needy well in our city.
- God would equip us to meet the needs of our congregation as they reach out for help.