According to statistics, 82% of adults and 89% of teens in the US claim to pray in a normal week. That’s 255,505,371 people in the United States. That’s a lot of people. Like, a ton, actually.
Of the 255,505,371 that claim to pray in a week, how many of those do you think actually pray?
We hear and recite thousands of prayers. But of those that we hear and speak, do we actually grasp what is being said? Do we actually take that time to talk to God? If your being honest with yourself, the majority of the time the answer would be no. You’re not the first to answer with no, and you’re definitely not the last.
Too often we get caught up in the world. We get too caught up in the world to take time to pray, to grasp what’s being prayed about, or to just have some silent time with God. I know I do.
Tonight during closing prayer, I had not really been paying too much attention; honestly, I was sleepy and kinda ready to be home – which is sad on my part. About midways through the prayer, something had caught my attention. It was something that had been said in the prayer. The man said, “Thank you, God, for allowing the Earth to perfectly hang on nothing.” Wait, woah, true statement, bro.
Never in my life have I ever heard this statement. You hear the cliche Christian statements: “Heal those who are sick”, “be with those who aren’t here tonight”, “forgive us where we fail”… You get the point. But this statement that this man said really surprised me. When you think about it, how amazingly true is this statement? How amazing is it that God allows our earth to hang perfectly on nothing?
This statement, all of ten seconds, really opened my eyes on prayer. If we actually listened to the prayers, what might we gain from them? If we really took the time to pray and have a legit talk with God, how different would our days be?
When you are at your lowest point and you feel like there is nothing in the world to be thankful for, take a second and thank God for allowing the earth to perfectly hang on nothing.
“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.” – Colossians 4:2 NIV