When We Should Pray

On Wednesday of this week I found myself hiding under my desk at work. I’d worked at my university for four years and this was the first time I’ve ever seen the underside of my desk. I was terrified. I’d received a phone call from the office on the third floor saying that I needed to make sure everyone stayed inside while “all of this” was going on. I didn’t know what “all of this” entailed. I checked the window to see if by chance a storm had suddenly approached but the sky looked clear. I asked the person on the other end of the line what exactly was going on and I heard words I never thought would be associated with my university’s campus- “Shots have been fired.”

After fretting over what to do, I stepped across the hallway but my boss’ office was empty, as was her boss’ office. I needed to tell someone what was happening. Then the yelling began. First the professors started yelling from their offices to get inside and lock the doors. Then there was yelling outside. Run. Hurry. Get inside now. Run fast. I quickly got back inside my office, pulled the door closed and turned the lock. What now? I moved myself so I could still see the computer screen and reach the keyboard, away from windows but never far away enough from the anxious yelling. I began contacting everyone I could on AIM to pray. I didn’t know what the next hour of my life would bring, but I knew the most important thing I could do in that moment was pray.

So when should we pray? Seems like a dumb question if you ask me. Is there ever a time when we shouldn’t pray? Anytime fear and a threat of danger are involved, why would you not pray?

My point is this: Prayer is essential. It displays our humility before and dependence on God. A person who prays realizes their inability to accomplish anything apart from the sovereign grace of God. 

It seems as though some people believe they have the authority to discern the true endangerment of others and what is worthy of prayer and what is simply “nothing to worry about.” And how dare someone say that your petitions to God mean that you don’t have enough faith. HA! How dare they be proud enough to think that they don’t need God and that they are outside of His sovereignty. These are self-proclaiming Christians I am talking about, who ironically enough will share their testimony with you and say that it was through saying a prayer that they were saved. Strangely, after “accepting Jesus into their hearts” they no longer feel the need to pray. I can’t follow this train of thought.

Jesus taught us how to pray. He even gave us an example. I’m pretty sure this means that prayer is important. If you continue reading in chapter eleven of Luke, you will see the commonly misused phrases that Vacation Bible School instructors like to use in their evangelizing to children (think the door to your heart into which you invite Jesus to enter). However, this passage is talking about the importance of prayer. He sums it up in verse 13, saying “If you then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!”

Paul talks about prayer as well saying to pray continually, pray on all occasions and pray for the saints, and to not be anxious about anything but to pray.

I am so grateful for all of those who did pray for me and my campus Wednesday. Everyone was safe and God was glorified through our petitions to Him. Let us pray for one another continually, not making light of any situation we may find ourselves in. God is faithful and good. Soli Deo Gloria!

Mass Media outside of Mass Media and Technology Hall. What a crazy day.

Published in: on October 24, 2008 at 3:32 pm  Comments (2)  

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  1. Yup, prayer is definitely awesome! And it does glorify God. Through the prayers and events that unfolded that day on SL because of what happened at WKU’s campus it really glorified God. For one thing, it showed who are either truly and completely deceived sheep or wolves in sheep’s clothing.

    I am so glad everything turned out ok. Thank God 🙂

    Soli Deo Gloria! Sola Fide! Sola Scriptura! Sola gratia! Solus Christus!

    btw I am insane 🙂

  2. Oh and that was me. I wondered why it asked for my name…. WordPress.com had logged me out!!! DOH! lol

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