Prayer: Is it working for you? Most Americans pray and I suspect you do as well. I’ve been thinking about the effectiveness of prayer lately and I love the analogy of light…just the right amount of light for your journey. If you’ve ever driven down a country road in the moonlight with your headlights off, you know there’s just enough light to move forward. Perhaps prayer is something like. I hope you’ll enjoy this article and find the light you need today.
Our recent supermoon made me think of driving down dark country roads near my parents’ home at Lake Lemon years ago. Sometimes the moon was so bright that we turned off the headlights. On a dark night, even with headlights, a driver can see only 150–500 feet ahead. But we don’t stop driving, do we? We don’t fear what might be ahead in the gloom. We trust the limited light to take us forward.
I think daily prayer is something like that.
A recent Gallup survey indicates that 55% of Americans say they pray daily, 79% say they have prayed for themselves when ill, and 87% for someone else who was in need of healing from an illness. These results fly in the face of what is often presented as increased secularization of daily life and the popular culture that says prayer is a waste of time — i.e. its just “doing nothing.” Or, the messages out there that say God doesn’t really exist, so of course prayer is useless.
When I pray, I…