The GRAVITY of Prayer
Warner Bros’ new film, GRAVITY, set a box-office record as the highest-grossing October release in history. The movie and its stars and director – especially Sandra Bullock, who plays an astronaut adrift in space — are being mentioned in a lot of conversations that have the word “Oscar” in them.
Other, more spiritual conversations have sprung up around the movie, too. The story of GRAVITY can be seen as the “rebirth” of Bullock’s character, who has given up on life prior to her ordeal, only to rediscover hope and faith through enduring it. One pivotal scene, when she believes she will not make it out alive, is particularly meaningful in this regard, especially for men and women of faith.
Let’s take a look at a clip from the movie (Click on the link to download the 102 MB movie clip): Gravity
This poignant moment raises three truths about the principles and power of prayer:
1. Prayer doesn’t really need to be taught
a. It doesn’t require training, like being an astronaut. It doesn’t require a manual, like flying a spacecraft. It simply requires a heart willing speak honestly to God.
b. Prayer is not an interview of God, or a speech to God, it is a conversation with God. Listen for what He has to say back to you.
c. Scripture – Philippians 4:6-7: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
2. Prayer means we are never alone
a. Even when we feel we are completely isolated, floating aimlessly through space, prayer is our lifeline to God.
b. God hears and answers our prayers. Those answers might not always be what we expect, but they are what God knows is best for us.
c. Scripture: Deuteronomy 31:6: “Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
3. Prayer changes things
a. It’s not just about “getting things off our chest.” It’s not just about “pleading our case” to God. It’s about unleashing the power of heaven to make a difference in our lives and the lives of others.
b. No prayer is ever wasted.
c. Scripture: — John 14:14: “If you ask Me anything in My name, I will do it.”