“Pray, it’s the least you can do.”
I heard this quote today in one of my classes, and quite honestly I had a few reservations about it. This quote tells us that prayer is weak. It inadvertently tells us that our last resort should be prayer – so what do we do? We take it all into our own hands – our tiny, roughly eight-by-four inch hands. We try to juggle all of our problems and responsibilities with the added responsibility of fixing, mending, and making the best world possible all by ourselves.
And ultimately we fail.
We either fail to handle the stress of the world on our shoulders; the yoke of the burden on our backs. That, or we fail to overcome the pride and in our pursuit of finding the solutions to everything ourselves, we lose one of two things – ourselves or everyone else.
Through prayer, however, we give up that stress or pride to someone that can handle it. That actually asks us to give him our troubles in 1 Peter 5:6-7. A person who is perfect, infinite, and almighty. That created the world, the universe, all of nature, you and me. Someone who’s soul yearns to know you and already has the answers ready. All you have to do is ask for his help.
That man is God.
So in conclusion, no, praying is not the least we can do. Prayer is powerful. Prayer is nearly the most we can do. The most we can do to have an all-knowing, all-powerful Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, and Prince of Peace taking on the brokenness in our lives and in the world with us.