Can you imagine a church of over five hundred members holding a prayer meeting, and only two people showing up?
Maybe everything is going well in this church. Nobody is ill or mourning the loss of a loved one. Everyone agrees on everything. No one outside the church is attacking it, and all hearts are humble.
Um, no. None of the above.
Perhaps the prayer meeting took place on a week when things are going well in the nation. People of different skin tones and positions of authority get along. Politicians speak the truth and humbly serve the people.
Hardly. Especially not this week.
Why would it be that only two people in a large congregation see the need for prayer right now? Of course, people are busy. Conflicts arise. No one can attend every church meeting. And many people go on vacations during the summer.
How important is prayer?
Lord’s Day 45 of the Heidelberg Catechism addresses this, calling prayer “the most important part of the thankfulness which God requires of us” (Q&A 116, emphasis added). Maybe the people of the large church didn’t have anything to thank God for this week.
But the Heidelberg Catechism is only a confession, a document written by men. What does the Bible say? Well, how much time do you have?
Colossians 4:2 urges us to continue steadfastly in prayer, and 1 Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to pray without ceasing.
Throughout Scripture, God commands prayer and shows its importance. But I’ll share only one more verse: “Praying at all times in the Spirit, with all prayer and supplication. To that end keep alert with all perseverance, making supplication for all the saints” (Ephesians 6:18, ESV).
This past Wednesday, two people prayed for the nation and all the saints in their congregation.