Last Updated on July 7, 2016 by Andre Loftis
[vc_row][vc_column][vc_column_text]I am as fed up as you with the continued murdering of young Black men at the hands of those sworn to ‘protect and serve’ them. But I’m just as fed up with something else.
I just read a post on the most recent shooting of two more Black men murdered by police, but what jumped out at me was the post’s ending with the now ever-present “pray for” phrase. And although well intentioned and probably heart-felt I’m tired of the “pray for” movement… or actually lack of movement. Instead of using prayer as preparation for action, I believe that too many well-meaning folks have latched on to “pray for” as a way of fooling themselves into believing that they’re actually doing something as they hand the problem given to them by God right back to him with a simple prayer:
I would like to thank you for sending me this opportunity to have your power revealed through me by presenting me with what appears to be an insurmountable problem. But unlike Moses, David or even Jesus, all of whom took action after praying to you for strength, I’m going to use my prayer to hand the problem back to you because, like the song says “you’ll work it out.” So I’m going to wait on you no matter how many have to die. I’m going to wait because with you all things are possible. I’m going to wait and watch…and pray…and wait.
If this is your prayer, I think you might be praying to the wrong God. From what I understand about God, after Moses prayed for years in exile, he went to Pharaoh and told him God said to “let my people go.” After David prayed, he went out and killed Goliath with his slingshot. After Jesus prayed all night in the garden of Gethsemane, he went to the cross and gave his life. So please stop praying! There have been enough prayers. Perhaps its time to follow the examples of some true prayer warriors and get up off your knees and actually do something.
I pray that you hear these words as they were intended.