All I Can Do Is Pray...

All I can do is pray...

I cannot begin to say how many times I have felt this way. As I look over the world I live in, I hear the needs, see the hurt, the pain...so often it seems all I can do is pray.

Man Praying at Dawn
I can only be in one place at one time. I have only so much time in a day. I have only so many resources to share and give. I am limited, very limited for that matter when you look at this vast world.

A fellow believer recently shared this excerpt from a book and as you read it, I challenge you to think about the statement, all I can do is pray.

“By prayer we may change the world. From our knees we can impact distant lands. We may never preach but our prayers may make the preaching of others successful. We may never be foreign missionaries but our prayers may open doors for missionaries around the world. By prayer we partner with God’s people everywhere. And we do that even though we never leave our home.

By prayer I can become a world traveler even though I may be homebound. By prayer I can traverse the oceans, enter closed nations, visit the courts of distant monarchs, and travel the dusty trails of far-off lands.

By prayer I can visit Singapore, Tokyo, Manila, Berlin, Moscow, Hong Kong, Mexico City, Baghdad, Tel Aviv, Paris, and a thousand other cities in countries I may never personally visit.

By prayer I can become a world traveler. And no terrorist threat can ground my plane, no color-coded terror alert can change my plans, no fears of war can stop me, no visa problems can keep me from my appointed visits. By prayer I can go anytime, anywhere to support the work of God.”

Too often, I think we view prayer as a second-hand resource that we go to only after we've put forth our best efforts and they have failed. However, the truth of the matter is prayer is one of the greatest resources we have and we should be going to it first. (1 Thessalonians 5:17, Romans 15:30)

After all, who is the one who truly has all the power? God or us? Aren’t we simply His servants, the tools He is doing His work through?

  • Who holds the world in the palm of His hand? (Psalm 95:4)
  • Who knows everything? (Hebrews 4:13)
  • Who is everywhere at once? (Jeremiah 23:24)
  • Who is always in control? (1 Chronicles 29:11, Isaiah 14:27)
  • Who never tires, never grows weary and never slumbers? (Isaiah 40:28, Psalm 121:4)
  • Who has unlimited power and resources? (Ephesians 3:20-21, Psalm 50:10)

The answer, God.

We as believers have the power of the Holy Spirit, access to the Father and Jesus as our intercessor. So don't strive in your own strength! Realize your limitations, but understand how unlimited our glorious God is!

Yes, action is important and powerful as well. Yet, sometimes, no doubt, more often than we realize, the most powerful thing we can do is pray.

I’ve also noticed that when I pray, it helps me get my eyes off myself and the solutions I like to think I have for the issues I face and that are in this world. Rather, it helps me to realign my focus with my heavenly Father’s will and refocus my eyes on Him. I am also reminded of the awesome, all-powerful God I serve who is so way beyond me! (Psalm 8:3-4)

Starry Night in Desert

After all, this life is not about us or the solutions we think we have to the chaos we see in the world, rather it is about God and His perfect plan. (Psalm 18:30)

So next time you think all I can do is pray, take that seriously, and spend some time in fighting from your knees.

Finally, don’t forget that prayer is listed in the armor of God, right after the Sword of the Spirit. Prayer is an offensive and defensive weapon as well! (Ephesians 6:18)

So yes, let us be men and women of action, but may it be action that is spurred out of our prayer. May we be prayer warriors, understanding that prayer too is action!

"Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful." - Colossians 4:2