Rejoice always, 17 pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18
The world is holding its collective breath for a vaccine against COVID19. At least that’s what the media and politicians are trumpeting. COVID19 is the current bane of our existence and looks to remain so for the foreseeable future.
I’ve written about it before; the mortality rate is definitely higher than your average flu, but the elderly make up the decided majority of those deaths. The lockdowns are overkill; the mortality rate amongst the general population is not as bad as the scary news articles paint. The initial rates were about 5%, then the news stopped listing cases vs. deaths for a while. I saw some figures a couple weeks ago; overall mortality is down to 3%. That’s the cumulative number from day one, so the actual current morality is below that and even lower for the non-elderly.
Still, everyone is going nuts – see Wednesday’s article – instead of going to God.
It occurred to me this past week while writing a comment on a friend’s blog that prayer is like an inoculation against Godlessness, against ego! Indeed, studying the Holy Scriptures is an inoculation against the evils that try to lure us back into sin and away from God! Every time we take in God’s loving words to us, every time we absorb the lessons He inspired into Scripture, we increase our protection against that which seeks to destroy us.
Is sin still in us? Unfortunately, yes, as St. Paul wrote in his letter to the Roman church; the good he wills he does not do and the evil he detests is what he does! I think this is one of the most valuable lessons in God’s Word; if St. Paul, inspired author of a great deal of our New testament, is tempted and falls, if he struggled, we should take heart in our struggles! If we do not struggle, our sinful selves have a very weak opponent in our new, redeemed selves! Our struggle against sin shows we have been inoculated with God’s Word!
Our “sin antibodies” are fighting the fight against invading sin!
Prayer is the other side of that coin. Prayer is where we answer God’s Word with our thanks, our praise, and the requests our Heavenly Father wants to hear from us! God speaks to us through His word, and we reply to Him through prayer. Prayer is also an inoculation against sin and evil, because we are asking God to draw and remain close. We are keeping the relationship two-sided and alive!
Pray without ceasing! God is always right next to you! Does it make sense to ignore Him or talk to Him? Say thank you for His protection during a near-miss. Thank Him for the rain or simply feeling good today. Ask Him to be with victims and responders when you so much as hear a siren. When faced with the slightest difficulty, call on your Father for help.
Receive God’s Word into you! Devour it! Pray loud and long to God, asking Him to keep our desire for Him alive through the Holy Spirit!