By Lyndia Grant
Special to the NNPA from the Washington Informer
“If you pray, you’ve got the key to the kingdom. And by faith, you’ll unlock any door. If you fall on your knees, let the Lord give you ease. He is near and He’ll hear, when you pray!” That’s one of my favorite songs. We used to sing that song many years ago, back in the 1970s. Although that was more than 40 years ago, not much has changed—actually, nothing has changed. Prayer still works, as long as your faith is strong.
The book of James 1:6 reminds us, “Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind.”
Experiment with the power of prayer—test it out for yourselves and watch what happens.
It doesn’t matter what name you assign to the Higher Power. For example, it could be Jehovah Jireh, Jehovah Shalom or Jehovah Rophe. Many call Him God, Jesus Christ, or the Holy Spirit. Regardless of the name that’s used when you pray, even if it’s simply the Universe, as long as you admit that the world is set up in an orderly manner and you pray daily.
The sun rises every day in the east and sets in the west, oak trees grow from acorns not from apple seeds, and the planets, the sun and stars move through space in a recurrent pattern. Gravity kicks in without any effort at all times, you can count on that. It doesn’t matter how good or bad a person is, if they choose to jump or if they fall from a tall building, they’re going to hit the ground. It’s the law of gravity, and the law never changes.
Once you acknowledge the order of the world, you’ll see that it’s easy to understand, and thus changed by acting within specific parameters. You’ll notice that as you go from place to place seeking, you will find what it is you’re looking for. This is a subject for another column about how perfect the world is, and how we can take a page out of the book of life by managing our lives in a similar manner.
This article originally appeared in the June 5, 2013 print edition.
Category: Spiritual Matters