This is from the overflow room at Michael Brown’s funeral in Ferguson, MO last year.
There was power in that room.
In the wake of yet another mass shooting there has been much frustration expressed about platitudes and exhortations to pray.
People are fed up with prayer.
They are fed up because they don’t see any action accompanying the prayer.
“If a brother or sister is naked and lacks daily food, and one of you says to them, ‘Go in peace; keep warm and eat your fill’, and yet you do not supply their bodily needs, what is the good of that?”James 2:15-16
It’s not that prayer is not powerful.
The people at Mike Brown’s funeral believed in the power of prayer. They also believed that along with hearing their prayers God would stir them up to act.
And act they did.
Protests, voter registration, meetings with city leaders. They realized they had more power than they thought.