Prayer & Electricity: Tapping into the Power of Heaven


"Prayer is like electricity. It keeps things moving."

— Aibileen

I’m in the middle of a captivating book, The Help by Kathryn Stockett. You may have already read this New York Times Best Seller (or seen the box office hit)—I'm often behind on the literary times (shamefully). But I just spent a week in the South, a semi-foreign place for a girl like me from the West, so I was finally hungry to read this one.

The story spins around Jackson, Mississippi, and the way life once was between strong, yet silent, black maids and the white women for whom they worked. Aibelene the maid, one of the main characters, is a sweet and selfless, humble woman whose life is punctuated with enough heartache to hurt even me, a reader. All the while her nature is bold red—loving, committed, hard working, undeterred, and most of all, faithful.

Aibelene’s prayers get answered, they say; she speaks right to God’s ear. And so her friends and neighbors know that if they get on her prayer list, they’ll be helped and healed. Aibelene just replies, “It’s not me, it’s the prayin.’” The story doesn’t recount if Aibelene ever read and believed in Matthew 7:7, but “knowing” a woman like that, I like to think she did.

Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you.

While I’ve never made a list of them, I’ve taken countless prayers to God myself. And I've seen it happen, too, when I'm faithful enough (believing and genuine and working on my end) things actually move. An answer comes, I take a step. Another idea comes to mind, I know where to turn. Comfort comes, because even in the baby steps, sometimes, I get wary.

Ask, seek, knock. Prayer is a power. And when we pray with belief in what prayer can do, like Aibelene, things will keep moving. God will stay on our current, listening and responding. Try praying with that belief—we're promised that sparks will fly. "It shall be given shall shall be opened unto you."

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