When I say, “Free Speech Includes Prayer” some will take me to mean that I’m saying that free speech includes the right to pray when and where a person or group desires. That it should be within our realm of God given rights in a land of freedom.
However, that is not the focus that concerns me as I jot down these few thoughts. Because, you see, the freedom of prayer can never be taken from YOU.
We have a self-contained prayer sanctuary within our very beings. It’s an invisible tabernacle that no power in heaven nor earth can legislate against. It’s an inner chamber that only the individual, themselves, can silence. It’s also the interior room that, by personal neglect, is full of spider webs and dusty drapes for too many.
It is often heard by the sincere activist that freedom will only be achieved by those who do more that “just pray.” To that I heartily agree! I also enthusiastically agree with John Bunyan who is quoted as saying,
“You can do more than pray, after you have prayed, but you cannot do more than pray until after you have prayed.”
I also agree with the Chronicler who stated, under God’s inspiration…
“If my people will humble themselves and pray and turn from their wicked way, I will hear from heaven and heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)
Free Speech Includes Prayer – Begins With Effective Earnest Praying
“The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much [in the dynamics of it's working]” (James 5:16.)
Effectual prayers of fervency must echo from the inner sanctuaries of the men and women who raise their throats in protest. Otherwise the outcries will come to nothing more than death rattles falling on lost ground.
Once we’ve fervently prayed (not bitched to God and everyone who will listen) about the outrage of our national circumstances, we will find ourselves on ground where God can work with and for us. Not before.
Last Thought: God is smart! When He says that national healing takes place when His people humble themselves and prayer and turn from their own wicked ways, He knows what He’s talking about. It can’t be improved upon, nor side tracked. I don’t care how right you may be in your words of outrage and protest.