Prayer Is Potent, And a Responsibility

Prayer is not an old woman’s idle amusement. Properly understood and applied, it is the most potent
instrument of action.”
 Mahatma Gandhi

“I’ll pray for you.”

My wife and I were in charge of a gate at the county fair Sunday evening. A woman came through. My wife knows her. I know the family. There is a health situation in the family. My wife said, “I’ll pray for you.”

A friend I know through the journalism community has faced severe health problems for several years. Actually, it must feel like a lifetime to him. I said I’d pray.

Then I thought, “What a great responsibility we’ve given ourselves. We had best pray.”

People of all faiths pray to their gods. Sometimes I think even atheists pray, they just don’t know to whom and probably don’t call it that. Even New Age people have their prayers.

My quote is from a Hindu who was well versed in Christianity. And a great leader.

We call the types of prayer I discussed intercessory prayers. We are praying for God to intercede into the normal events of the world and bring about what appears to us to be a miracle.

Some believe deeply in the power of connection to God and the power of God to intercede. I have experienced situations of health restored that has no medical explanation. I have a friend who teaches praying with intention. That is a good thought. Jesus would like that more modern word than he used.

Some of course probably see that phrase “I’ll pray for you” as just a comforting remark.

But do we take the promise to pray lightly? Do we really pray with intention for whatever situation we said we would?  Do we accept the responsibility that we’ve given ourselves?

2 Responses to “Prayer Is Potent, And a Responsibility”

  1. Eoin Says:

    Some years ago we were fortunate to briefly meet Pope Francis. He is not comfortable speaking English so we conversed briefly through a translator. As he move on to the next person I blurted out “We pray for you!” in English. He replied immediately in English and I can still hear his voice, “I need your prayers!” I have experienced since that time the “responsibility” you talk about and every day at a certain time I particularly pray for him. As Catholics of course we pray formally for him but this was & is different!

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