What if This Time-We Don’t Pray?

I am so thankful for the many wonderful and encouraging friends, family members, and complete strangers who were praying for this weekend.  Sophie said that she knew of saints all over the world who were praying for this conference for young teenage girls. But not only were people praying leading up to the event, but also during it! Her church assigned 24 individuals to pray for an hour each for 24 hours, and two men met at the church to pray together all day, with schedules in hands, while the conference went on.  And it made me wonder this:

What would it be like if we did the entire day all over again, but this time without prayer?

What would have gone differently if people had not been praying about the day? Would we have had trouble with the sound or the powerpoint? Would the girls not have been quite so attentive? Would the weather have taken an early turn for the worst? Would the food have come late or would half of it been missing? Would my flight have been missed or delayed? Would one of the speakers gotten sick or last minute, been unable to make it? And on and on I could ask how things could have gone differently.

But they didn’t.

Everything went swimmingly! And maybe this is a foolish thought (feel free to rebuke me if it is!) because I know that God’s purposes and plans could not be thwarted based on our lack of prayers. His perfect plan would be completed, his glory would have been revealed, and whatever he wanted to do would have been brought to fruition whether we as his children prayed or not.

But I wonder which of the days blessings were a direct result of prayer-a blessing that would not have happened if prayers of intercession had not been made.  Because though I realize that every millisecond of the day could not have happened apart from God’s gracious allowance of that happening-I also recognize that prayer is powerful, commanded, and it changes things. I want to give our kind omniscient, omnipotent God every bit of glory that he deserves. And I just think it is such a neat thought to perseverate on that he, the creator and sustainer of the universe, joyfully gave blessings in abundance simply because he delights to answer the prayers of his children. It’s crazy!

Matthew 7:11If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!

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