My grannie, Hazel Hancock, relayed to me a story that happened at the beginning of World War II. She was at a neighbor’s house, and they were listening to the news about the war on the radio. The news they were hearing was not good, and things seemed very bleak at the time. My grannie, like millions of others, began to pray for our nation. As she started her journey home on an old dirt road, she was still in this attitude of prayer. She said that as she was walking she had an open vision from the Lord. She said that as she looked up she saw an American flag flying with no flag pole. Grannie recalled what happened as she looked at the flag by saying,“The Lord spoke to my heart, it shall forever wave.” This gave her great courage and great confidence to continue to pray for our nation during those dark times. One writer said, “Prayer is the key that locks the night and unlocks the day.”
Many times, we feel helpless to deal with the circumstances in our lives. Like my grannie, we find ourselves faced with things that are out of our control. It’s during these times that prayer can be such a great encouragement to our hearts. The Bible says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with Thanksgiving, let your request be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.” Prayer is the way that we take our focus off of the impossibilities in our lives and put it on the possibilities of God. I don’t know what tomorrow holds, but I know who holds tomorrow. This faith may seem naïve to some, but to many, it is the very bedrock of their lives. Corrie Ten Boom said, “Is prayer your steering wheel or your spare tire?” Prayer is like the air that we breathe. Without it, we cannot survive. Billy Graham said, “True prayer is a way of life, not just for use in cases of emergency. Make it a habit, and when the need arises you will be in practice.” As we hear many times in our lives, let us pray.