I am delighted to see all of the emphasis on yesterday’s National Day of Prayer. Our community had several prayer events yesterday. At First Baptist Lafayette we had a good attendance at our lunch hour prayer time.
We were especially thrilled that KLFY Channel 10 did live remotes from our church from 5-7 a.m. yesterday. Over the span of those two hours, I was interviewed 5 times (four live and 1 taped). We are blessed to live in a community where we can talk openly about prayer and our trust in God. In the last interview, the reporter asked me in essence, “What’s next?” That is, “How do we continue in this spirit and practice of prayer beyond today?” It’s an excellent question. Now, that I have had time to process the question better and without the pressure of live television, I have a better answer than the one I gave yesterday.
Two passages come to mind. The first is the Parable of the Persistent Widow in Luke 18. In this parable, Luke gave an introductory word and recorded a conclusive word from Jesus that highlights the meaning of the parable. First, Luke said, “Now He told them a parable on the need for them to pray always and not give up.” That’s what we are to do. We are to pray always and never give up. Then Jesus said, “Nevertheless when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on earth?” That’s it! As we pray, do we have faith to believe God for what we are asking?
Then, I think of these glorious words: “Now to Him who is able to do above and beyond all that we ask or think according to the power that works in us—to Him be glory in the church and Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.”
However and whatever you prayed for our nation yesterday, do it again today and believe God for even more than you have asked Him or think of asking Him.