Last month I wrote a post saying the easiest way to lose a battle is to not engage, to abstain, to sit out (Easiest Way to Lose a Battle). This is because I feel like that is what the majority of believers do when faced with the racial and ethnic segregation in the church. Today, I want to talk to those of you who are engaged and ask you this? Are you praying?
Yes, praying. It’s so simple. Yet so overlooked. I don’t know about you, but it seems that I believe in prayer much more than I practice it. I know the reality of the battle, and that it is primarily a spiritual one, fought, not against flesh and blood. Yet, I have to battle my flesh daily to not battle in the flesh.
So, yes, I am telling you something you already know. I’m telling myself the same. Let’s fight spiritual battles with spiritual weapons. Let’s not rely on our words, our programs, our strategies, or, for that matter, even our prayers. Let’s rely on our God. Let’s remind ourselves daily to pray. And as we pray let us remind ourselves that it is not our prayers, but our dependence on and access of God’s Holy Spirit that brings about even the smallest change. “Flesh gives birth to flesh, the Spirit gives birth to spirit (John 3:6).” I don’t know about you, but I’ve sown enough flesh in life already and I am really hungry for “fruit that will last (John 15:16).”
I know this was sort of a short post. Take the rest of time you would have spent reading this, and instead pray.