It’s all about the POP! In a world that is full of hurting people; healing could begin if we only all began turning to the POP! In a society of growing division, anger and destruction; peace could once again be restored if we only all began turning to the POP! In times of uncertainty, confusion, feelings of being lost and alone; clarity and love could prevail if we only all began turning to the POP! What is the POP? The Power of Prayer!
I, for one, did not always turn to nor see the power of prayer; and even more so the power of many coming together to pray for someone or something. I know I got caught up in the belief that whatever I asked for that God would just provide; I mean I had read the scripture Mark 11:24 which states “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.”. Isn’t that telling me that I can have anything I ask for if I believe enough? Well that would be 100% correct if in fact the things we were asking for were of God’s will. The problem is that many, myself included, have used prayer as a means to request how we would have things; God’s will or not! Then, after not receiving what WE want, we give up on prayer all together. I believe this absence of the POP is becoming more evident in our society daily.
The evil one is sneaky! He does NOT want us praying, for when we pray, we unleash the power of Christ! If only he can find ways to make us NOT pray! Remarkably enough he is doing a great job of it! With the divisions among humanity, most people spend their times arguing rather than praying; selling others on their point of view rather than discerning for clarity on God’s view; God’s desire and will. The distractions in our lives are getting out of control! On Sundays, our churches are becoming less filled with prayerful people, yet the baseball and soccer fields across the country are becoming more filled with parents and children choosing competition over making Sunday a day of rest and family. I have had discussions with many that claim this is how their family spends time together. Being at the same place doesn’t necessarily mean spending time together; and I assure you that in most cases they are not together PRAYING! Again a distraction by the evil one! He says “Sure spend time together as a family; just don’t do it praying!”
Also I believe more so than ever before, the devil’s main offensive against us is that of dividing the family; DIVORCE! This is the most harmful form of division our society has ever seen! Husbands and wives find themselves in a battle of possession, blame pointing and validation as to their actions; yet in so many cases the only ones left praying are the poor children who want nothing more than to have the family back. Again I understand that there are situations where divorce may be the reasonable answer, but in MOST cases it’s a matter of selfishness and a lack of turning to the POP! I have seen countless families that have turn to the Power of Prayer; mothers and fathers that quit seeking their own personal desires and began seeking God’s will for their families, praying for a reformed heart towards their spouse and to their responsibility to the family; low and behold, miraculous things occur! Healing begins; love is restored and children find their faith in God, Family and Love strengthened and confirmed! Doesn’t this sound like a much better approach to the solutions needed to reverse the moral decline we see sweeping across families, our country and the world? I believe so; POP!
A very important aspect of prayer that we must all keep in mind is that of God’s will in all things. It is said in 1 John 5:14-15, “And this is the confidence that we have toward him, that if we ask anything according to His will, he hears us. And if we know that he hears us in whatever we ask, we know that we have the requests that we have asked of him.” It is again shared with us in Matthew 6:9-13 when Christ taught us how to pray; The Lord’s Prayer. Within the Lord’s Prayer there is the statement “Your Will Be Done”. That brings to question “Can God’s will be manipulated to be in alignment with ours? Well the answer to that is absolutely not! In fact the reality is that all things, with the exception of God’s will, can be changed to come into alignment with His. The fact is that if we continue to seek God’s will for us, He can bring into place those circumstances, people, places, events, etc. that in fact coincide with His desire for us. What is exciting is how over time, through the POP and through seeking God’s will, He can and will actually change our hearts to where OUR desires become HIS desires! This may take time but through the POP and the seeking of God’s will, we can find ourselves at peace with our surroundings; our relationships; our lives!
I have met so many people lately that over the years have lost their faith in the power of prayer and in God for that matter. People are craving for proof of God’s existence and that prayer does in fact work. That proof does exist and it comes through us! We must share how God has worked in our lives; how through prayer our hearts have been changed; our relationships have been rebuilt; our health restored; our finances recovered; our faith strengthened. It is arrogant to believe that any one of us is capable, strong enough and smart enough to live a peaceful life alone and that the sharing of our gifts to the world is not needed. Not only are they needed but offering your POP to our communities, our country and to the world is a necessity!
I know this much; prayer cannot be harmful; it can only help! If you believe it is a waste of time, then more than likely it will be. But if you have faith, even if it is as small as a mustard seed, and you begin to pray a little everyday for God to shine His peace and love into your life and into our nation, then soon you will begin to see and experience the fruit of those prayers. Prayer IS powerful! If we all begin to come together as brothers and sisters, time frames can be collapsed if we focus our prayers on the same things; that being away from our personal desires and turning to that which God desires for us. You will see peace and love begin to spread throughout mankind and you too will begin to believe and experience the POP!