A Return to Prayer


One thing we can all agree on is that 2020 was a difficult year. Many of us lost loved ones, jobs, and our normal way of life. We seem to have also lost some perspective and hope. The daily distractions from a divisive political climate and ever-changing restrictions due to COVID-19 have kept us in a constant state of upheaval. For months we have lived without a knowledge of what our lives will look like even in the days and weeks just ahead of us, and it has taken a toll on our faith for the future God has planned. But He is still active and ready to move.

Pouring out our hearts in prayer is the best way to find the hope and vision we so desperately crave. It brings us into closer communion with the Lord, centering us on the truth. In Jeremiah 33:3, the Lord says, “Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.” When we call on the Lord, He promises to answer us and bring us into a greater union with Him by revealing His truth so we can join Him in what He’s doing among His people. Our prayers do not convince God to do His work but rather reorient our hearts to enter into His presence.

That unity with our Father also naturally brings us into greater unity with each other. The Early Church was heavily involved in prayer, and even in the worst circumstances, they saw God move mightily. The power of prayer and fellowship is clearly shown in Acts 2:42–43: “They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles.”

In a time when we have lost much, prayer is imperative to restoring our hope for God to move. It is a powerful work of the Spirit that unites us to the same cause: bringing the knowledge of the sacrificial love of Jesus to all who do not know Him. When we pray together, we come into the presence of God and see unimaginable things happen because of our unity. As you read through this issue, I hope you are encouraged by the many testimonies of God’s faithfulness to our intercession.

In the coming weeks and months, join with your brothers and sisters in prayer, sitting with them in their grief and praising God with them for their joy. May this year be marked by the healing and unifying power of our prayers and a greater desire to fill the earth with God’s presence.

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