“When a believing person prays, great things happen.” — James 5:16 (NCV)
In my alone time with God last evening I read a brother’s thoughts concerning the power of prayer to transform a life. Max Lucado said,
“Imagine yourself in a dark room. Windows closed. Curtains drawn. Shutters shut. In the darkness it’s hard to believe there’s daylight beyond the drapes. So you grope and try to feel your way across the floor. You take a step, disoriented and unsure where you’re headed. Progress is slow and the journey painful. Stubbed toes, bruised shins, broken vases. It’s hard to walk in a dark place.
Harder still to walk in a dark world. But many try. And, as a result, many are wounded in the effort: tripping over problems, bumping into one another in the shadows, ramming into walls.
But occasionally one of us makes a discovery. Reaching through the blackness, a had finds curtains and a window latch. “Hey, everybody! The walls have windows!” The drapes are pulled back and the window opened. The sun floods into the room. What was dark is now bright. What was opaque is now clear. What was stale is now fresh.
With the light comes a peace, a power, a desire to move closer to the light, and a confidence to step forward. Our timid steps are replaced by a certainty to our walk. A certainty to move through the corridors of life, opening one window after another to illuminate. What a difference! And all it took was one small gesture of opening curtains and raising a window.
Prayer does the same thing for us. Prayer is the window that God has placed in the walls of our world. Leave it shut and the world is a cold, dark house. But throw back the curtains and see His light. Open the window and hear His voice. Open the window of prayer and invoke the presence of God in your world.”
Our world has never walked in greater darkness than now. Jesus said, “If the light that is in you is darkness, how great is that darkness…”(Matthew 6:23).
How shall we be delivered from this darkness? How shall our nation and world be delivered from the darkness that invades its soul and invites its destruction? We must throw back the curtains of darkness and open the windows of prayer!
I am challenging every Christian I know to devote radical amounts of time, energy and resources to prayer and to the mission of dispelling the darkness of our day by throwing open the windows of prayer. Don’t miss the opportunity of a lifetime—pray!