Good Morning October 21

I was once accused of advocating prayer before doing anything practical – like calling a doctor, or providing other material help. But there are two problems here. First, prayer is practical. If we believe that God does hear and respond, then prayer is very practical. We have seen its evidence. I have often found that more happens in a few minutes of prayer than in many minutes of conversation. And second, it is not an either/or between prayer and material aid. James tells us that “If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food,

and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that?”(2:15-16) So, Yes, I do advocate prayer as a vital practice for all of us. We give material aid wherever possible, but we also give equal weight to our prayers. “Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful.”(Colossians 4:2)