Updated: Apr 23, 2020
We are going through a global pandemic right now, and it is noticeable that people are coping differently across the globe. Some countries are doing better than others, some provinces better than others, different age groups are coping differently, and people with economic means or savings are doing better than those who live from hand to mouth.
We have a lot of people who live from hand to mouth. Unemployment, poverty, and homelessness are very real issues in South Africa, even more so in the Christian community. Those who have been born again into the Kingdom of God are living like they are spiritually homeless. Those who are called to reign as kings with Christ, are living in absolute spiritual poverty. As if God did not bless us, as if He didn’t say to us, “Be fruitful and multiply; fill the earth and subdue it; have dominion…” Genesis 1:28
My heart is breaking right now because spiritually speaking, for most, our prayer lives are like those living from hand to mouth. We don’t live like Jesus who “would often go to someplace where he could be alone and pray” Luke 5:16 “… as was His habit… [who encouraged His followers to] “Pray continually that you may not fall into temptation.” Luke 22:39-40
What can we do?
You cannot perform the duties of a king or queen on the sustenance or diet of an infant. We need to be meditating on the Word of God day and night.
a. “So I had to treat you like babies and feed you milk. You could not take solid food, and you still cannot…” 1 Cor 3:2
b. “He humbled you, and in your hunger He gave you manna to eat, which neither you nor your fathers had known, so that you might understand that man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” Deut 8:3
Brushing your teeth, taking a bath, using hand sanitizer often during a pandemic, washing your hands before you eat (Matt 15:2), all these are examples of habits... We need to develop a new habit, a new custom called Prayer… You can choose how often you want to pray, but this is the standard that the Bible gives us on prayer:
a. “Never stop praying, especially for others. Always pray by the power of the Spirit. Stay alert and keep praying for God's people”. Eph 6:18
b. “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing,” 2 Thessalonians 5:16-17
c. “Evening and morning and at noon I will pray, and cry aloud, And He shall hear my voice” Psalm 55:17
d. “In the same way that he had always done, he knelt down in prayer three times a day, giving thanks to God”. Daniel 6:10
a. “Jesus declared, “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbour as yourself” Matt 22: 38-39
b. There are those amongst us who are less fortunate, prayer alone will not help them through the pandemic.
c. We are called to clothe those in need, to feed the hungry and visit the sick, that is how we show our love for God and neighbour otherwise “Then the King will answer, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did not do for one of the least of these, you did not do for Me” Matt 25: 45
The time for haphazard praying must come to an end. The children of God cannot pray from hand to mouth. Jesus said “I tell you for certain that if you have faith in me, you will do the same things I am doing. You will do even greater things, now that I am going back to the Father” John 14: 12. If indeed this is true, we are supposed to be meditating on the Word more, showing more acts of kindness, loving more, and even during these dark times, praying more than Jesus.