I’m going to make a revolutionary proposal: What if we spent less time talking about our problems and more time praying about them? And by praying about them, I don’t mean “gossip-praying” about them; I mean sincerely giving these things to God and laying them at His feet in prayer. I am convinced that if we took the time we spent complaining, lamenting, and gossiping about our problems and instead filled that time with prayer, we would not be in nearly the amount of messes we find ourselves in.
Pastor Latosha Johnson, who was my youth pastor when I was in high school, recently made the following statement:
Our prayers do not fall on deaf ears. It’s our responsibility to pray more than just talking about all that is going on. If we just talk about it, it can become draining…but if we pray about it, it produces life and transformation…. “The Lord is near to all who call on Him, to all who call on Him in truth.” –Psalm 145:8.
Wow, how true and powerful those words are. The problems in our nation will not go away by us talking and grumbling about them. They just won’t. In fact, when we do that, the only thing we do is add fuel to a fire. Yes, there are times to voice our opinions and concerns and defend our rights—but that’s not what I’m talking about here. I’m talking about excessive, useless complaining, grumbling, and whining. It just doesn’t produce anything healthy—at all.
The same is true for our relationships, our jobs, our schools, our churches…the list goes on and on. What if we stopped our useless chatter and instead began genuinely, reverently, and passionately praying for the Lord’s intervention and deliverance in these dire situations?
It is a sad thing to say, but many Christians are better at talking than they are at praying. But their talking yields no healthy fruit. Instead of talking about the problems, how about we do something about it? How about we start praying? I’m talking about more than just absent-minded token prayers. I’m talking about real, genuine, tangible prayers—prayers that produce fruit, prayers that leave a legacy.
Who’s with me? Let’s get it.