Two verses - Luke 18:1b and I Thessalonians 5:17 are linked together with the word PRAY in large Uncial style letters. The rest of the words are lettered in the Fraktur style. The paper on which I lettered these verses was very rough and gave a sense of brokenness to the letters. It is through our brokenness and understanding our need for Him that we really begin to pray. "Without Him we can do nothing" John 15:c
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In 2015, I was well aware of the crucial nature of the presidential election in November of 2016. I joined a monthy community prayer meeting for our nation, which was founded on prayer. Our only hope going forward is also prayer - coming before God's throne of grace as shown in many Scriptures, including I Timothy 2:1-4. Our problem is that we really don't think pray is that important and that we can handle things pretty well on our own.
Benjamin Franklin acknowledged the folly of such thinking during the Constitutional Convention. Here are some of his comments:
In the beginning of the Contest with G. Britain, when we were sensible of danger we had daily prayer in this room for the divine protection. ”Our prayers, Sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a Superintending providence in our favor. To that kind providence we owe this happy opportunity of consulting in peace on the means of establishing our future national felicity. And have we now forgotten that powerful friend? I have lived, Sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth- that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without his notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without his aid? We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred writings, that “except the Lord build the House they labour in vain that build it.” I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without his concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the Builders of Babel: We shall be divided by our little partial local interests; our projects will be confounded, and we ourselves shall become a reproach and bye word down to future ages. And what is worse, mankind may hereafter from this unfortunate instance, despair of establishing Governments be Human Wisdom and leave it to chance, war and conquest.
I therefore beg leave to move, that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business, and that one or more of the Clergy of the City be requested to officiate in that service.
May we not wait until another 9-11 attack, a terrible illness, an agonizing financial reversal, a painful broken relationship, or some other extremity to bring us to our knees in desparation. Let's realize right now that without Him we can do nothing, and go to Him regularly in prayer.
Men ought alway to pray and not to faint.
I Thessalonians 5:17
Pray without ceasing.