13 “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command locusts to devour the land or send a plague among my people, 14 if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. (2 Chronicles 7:13 – 14)
Thanks to all the commentators last week who added so much to our review of the Disciplines of Bible Study and Spiritual Warfare. Today we begin our reflections on the Discipline of Prayer as we consider the theme A World in Need. A quick pause though, to make an announcement. On Thursday and Friday of this week we will turn our attention to the Discipline of Fasting. As we have done in prior years, on Friday we encourage all who can to fast. We’ll say more about this on Thursday, but I want you to be aware of the day of fasting with sufficient notice.
Does the world need our prayers? It might seem odd to even ask such a question. However, from two perspectives it is a relevant question to ask. First, many in the world don’t believe in prayer; and second, Christians don’t spend a lot of time praying for the world. A 2018 survey performed by the Guardian newspaper in the UK found that non-believers typically only turn to prayer in a crisis, and Christians spend less than 25 percent of praying time focussed on topics other than themselves, family and friends. It begs the question, who is praying for the needs of the world?
Please prayerfully read the passage above and consider the questions below.
How much time do you spend praying for the world and how do you decide what/who to pray for?