Prayer and the Wave

A few years ago, our Louisiana Baptist Convention, held a series of prayer gatherings. As I recall, a prayer meeting was held in every Parish of our State at a local place such as the Parish Courthouse. Our State Executive Director, Dr. David Hankins, used an analogy at these prayer gatherings that resonated with me a great deal and has stayed with me.

The analogy was that of “the wave” at a sporting event. For those of you struggling to remember the term, the wave is that phenomenon of a whole section standing up in unison and throwing their hands in the air followed by the next section, then the next, until this human wave makes it around the whole stadium.

Have you ever been part of “the wave?” Better yet, have you ever seen “the wave” begin? Even better, have you ever been part of the first section to begin “the wave?”

In order to get “the wave” going, at least one person has to say, “Let’s do the wave!” Then that person has to convince others. Then, they have to get the attention of the next section or maybe two or three. Usually, several attempts are made before the wave gets enough momentum to make it all the way around the stadium.

Prayer is like that. Corporate prayer gatherings are really like that. Sometimes we call times of prayer with great hopes that those calls to prayer will produce more times of prayer. In order to gain momentum for sustained prayer, we may have to be persistent in our individual praying. Prayerfully, as we are consistent, the wave of prayer will begin.

I think of our Prayer Revival this week as the wave. Others may not join us immediately, but if we stay in prayer, others will join.

Here is a word of encouragement about the wave in the stadium. Once the wave gets going, people are hesitant to stop.

Many of you are going to watch a football game this weekend. As you do, think about prayer. Think about and pray about a day when we will see a mighty revival of prayer throughout the nation. Then, be ready to join us Sunday. Let’s make God’s House known as a House of Prayer.

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