In my quiet time the other day, I read this quote: “It is better to light one small candle than to curse the darkness”.
As I read this, I was challenged by the implications of this regarding prayer. As we look at the world around us – the wars and conflicts, increasing intolerance towards Christians, religious fanaticism that finds its outlet in terrorism and atrocities, the increasing erosion of Godly values in our communities – we may sometimes wonder if our prayers make any difference.
Prayer is perhaps the most undervalued and underrated gift that God has given to His people – the gift of being able to come in to the very throne room of God with our requests, knowing that he hears our heart’s cry, and acts when we pray in line with His will.
When we pray in faith, we can have absolute confidence that our prayers release the power of the Holy Spirit to bring hope and light into any situation or person. And, when we pray intelligently and specifically for the dark places of this world, God moves to release His light into that darkness, to enable His people living there to be a channel of His hope and healing.
Perseverance in prayer is a key foundation stone of our faith: believing that God is working, even if we don’t see anything change physically.
God works when His people pray.
I pray that you will be encouraged to persevere in prayer for the nations and people of this world, and in particular, the world where Interserve works.
Keep praying, and keep believing that your little candle of prayer does make a huge difference to the darkness.
James 5 vs 16: ” … The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”