Thorns among the Barbs

Thoughts on my journey to heaven

All we can do is pray

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No, not a hopeless statement, but a declaration of sheer dependency on the Sovereign God who rules over all things. I hate to tell you that i bristle when I hear someone say “well, all we can do is pray” as if to say there is no other alternative.

Prayer needs to be the core and first choice of every human… seeking the wisdom, guidance, clarity, and abundance that only our father can bring is not a last ditch effort.

Prayer has always been a part of my life, but in the crucible of unemployment, sharp and marked economic reversal and new health concerns there is no other thought than to lay everything into the hands of God, and seek his clarity daily. And honestly that may also be moment to moment at times.

So why do we carry a misconception that as humans we have the power to make everything happen, make it better, heal that wound, change that future in our own power.

For those of you reading who still believe you have great power over your life please excuse me for being so brash, but “You don;t have power over your life. Nor do I over mine.” Surely we have times of free will, and times when God blesses us in spite of our best layed human plans. But the truth is even the breath we breathe comes from Him. Salvation is not something we can conjur up – The Father has to draw us, to put a deep longing, a hunger, a desperate need for His Salvation deep in our soul.

And we are hopeless to shrug this sin nature, apart from His Spirit filling us up and changing our hearts. And yet we sin, and yet we stumble and fall. But He stands waiting for us like a parent holding his arms out and calling us back.

So the next time you hear someone say “all we can do is pray.” I challenge you to turn it around and say “Prayer is all we can do – the answer is up to the Lord.”


Written by Barbara Bloom

March 17, 2012 at 2:40 AM

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