Recently i had occasion to go into a house that had been unoccupied for nearly a year. The curtains were drawn, it was dark and damp, and there was a musty odor throughout.

Even though I thought the current had probably been cut off, I flipped a switch on the wall. Immediately the room was filled with light. After I raised the curtains and opened the windows to bring in fresh air, what had been dismal and forbidding became light and pleasant.

In every home there are switches to enable us to make use of electricity. We turn on lights, and perhaps cook with electricity; we use it to run the appliances in our homes, and to provide us with radios and TV entertainment.

What about these switches? We use them so often that perhaps we forget their significance. They are controlled by simple pressure of a finger. Even though the wiring is installed, the power lines and transformers are in place, the power station is ready and the generators are operating, still the switch must be turned to bring the power where it is needed.

Why does one turn a switch? There is first a sense of need. One needs power to operate equipment, or to provide light in the darkness, and he believes that somewhere there is a source of power and light. He knows that the conditions necessary for bringing current into the building have been met, because the necessary outlets and switches are present. By faith, then, he turns the switch. And light and power come rushing in.

In a spiritual sense, this is all true of prayer. When we pray we admit a number of things: that we are in darkness and need light and guidance; that we lack power in our lives and need God’s power to operate in us, in the lives of others, and in situations that we desperately need to solve. We ...

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