Cover the Earth in Prayer!
by John Connelly
The Church and the world are facing a serious crisis.
It is a crisis of faith. A crisis of morality. A crisis that
is now affecting every facet of life on planet earth
“We must not underestimate the disturbing scenarios that threaten our future, or the powerful new instruments that the “culture of death” has at its disposal.—POPE BENEDICT
The issue today is who is in control.
Are we the ones in control or is the Spirit of God
in control of us? Christianity is meant to be the Spirit of Jesus Christ living in you and me.
We are not the source of all that is truly good.
It is the Holy Spirit who produces good fruit in us.
It is the Spirit who animates creation. It is the Spirit
who gives life and breath to all.
The simple fact is that it is crazy to think we can ignore
God. It is a kind of madness to think that we can control our lives.
All of us are one accident or mishap away from death.
We are in fact powerless without God.
Human beings are a mess when we ignore the Loving
Creator of all.
Look around. The pain and misery are evident
everywhere we look.
So the Church must choose. You and I must choose.
And ultimately every single human being must choose.
We must choose who will ultimately be in control of
our lives. We are all called to let go and let the Spirit
of Jesus take control. We are called to choose the
Way of Heaven over the ways of this corrupt culture.
Recently I was praying. Waiting. Listening.
Suddenly a clear thought came to mind…
“Cover the earth in prayer.“
Then I saw in my minds eye –
People praying all over the world.
Praying with a profound dedication that
was beautiful to behold.
It was as though we Christians finally woke up and
saw the serious times we are now living.
I saw us literally covering the earth in prayer.
It was as though I could see and sense the infinite power
of prayer. Almost like God is just waiting for us to
to truly comprehend the life-transforming, world-renewing
potential of prayer.
The next day I felt inspired to pray this well known prayer…
“Come Holy Spirit. Renew the face of the earth.”
I prayed it over and over. I could see in my heart
people and nations from various parts of the
world. I knew that my prayer – when humbly
united with the Holy Spirit was making a real difference.
The Holy Spirit is infinite love.
Infinite Mercy and Grace.
The Holy Spirit is not limited by time or distance.
The Spirit is the wellspring of prayer, the source of prayer,
the living water that flows through us into the desert of this
world. This is why Jesus said….
“Out of your heart will flow rivers of living water.”-John 7:37
“You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you.” -Acts 1:8
Apart from the Holy Spirit- Christianity is a lifeless shell, a pale shadow,
a sad imitation of the real thing.
This is why the early Church Father’s wrote in the Nicene Creed…
“We believe in the Holy Spirit- the Lord and giver of life…”
The Spirit gives us life. Today. Here and now. Supernatural life.
This is why St. Paul said…
“The Spirit helps us in our weakness for we do not know how
to pray as we should.” -Romans 8:28
The Holy Spirit is the only one who can empower our prayer.
Our prayer is limp and lifeless without the Spirit.
The Spirit wants to overshadow us as he overshadowed the Virgin Mary.
He wants to teach us all to say- like she did in scripture…
“Let it be done in me according to your Word.” -Luke 1:8
Now is the time for us to cultivate our relationship with the
Spirit of Jesus. In the Catholic Catechism it says,,,
“Every time we begin to pray to Jesus it is the Holy Spirit
who draws us on the way of prayer…That is why the Church
invites us to call upon the Holy Spirit every day, especially
at the beginning and end of every important action.” (# 2670)
It goes on tho make the following wonderful observation…
“The Holy Spirit, who’s anointing permeates our whole being,
is the interior Master of Christian prayer.” (#2672)
Think about it. The Master of prayer lives in us. The One who
can lead us into the depths of prayer. The One who is
all-seeing, all creative and all-powerful in prayer.
The One who reveals the limitless love of Jesus and teaches
us to call God…“Our Father.”
It is time to cover the earth in prayer.
To cover our lives, our families, and our communities
It is time to pray again and again…
From coast to coast.
Sea to shining sea.
Stretching out our prayer to cover
every nation and people.
So let us begin again and again.
Find a place to pray.
Commit to spend time in prayer each day.
Make ourselves available to the Spirit of Jesus.
Let Him lead the way. Give our prayer life over to the Spirit.
We are merely instruments but God will use those
who humble themselves and recognize they are
powerless without him.
We can start with the simple and ancient prayer…
“Come Holy Spirit.”
We pray this to remind ourselves that the Spirit of
Jesus is in us now. With us each moment.
We repeat it. Over and over. From our heart to the
Heart of Jesus.
We let the Spirit use us as we let go again and again.
All true prayer is life-transforming when it is empowered by the Spirit. True prayer really does change the world.
Prayer is a school. The Holy Spirit is our teacher.
Yes, I know it is true.
The Holy Spirit is stirring in people all over the world.
I know it by faith. With every fiber of my being.
IT IS TIME TO COVER THE EARTH IN PRAYER.