During a trip to Rome, the apostle Paul’s ship got caught in a northeaster, sending violent waves that crashed against his boat for three days. Fearful of nearby rocks, the crew dropped anchor upon the sandbar beneath them. As 276 people waited in the dark, each began to pray for daylight to come quickly. In the end, this decision to drop anchor kept everyone on board safe.
Fearing that we would be dashed against the rocks, they dropped four anchors from the stern and prayed for daylight, Acts 27:29.
Its uncanny how people tend to wait until the last second to pray. Instead of thanking God for the little things in life, God has become like Monopoly’s Get out of Jail Free Card. Subsequently, the Master of the Universe is a crutch people only use when they are in trouble. When the good times roll, complacency makes the average person think its there doing, not a blessing from God. Thus, this cycle continues today, using prayer as a last resort.
Pray without ceasing, 1 Thessalonians 5:17.
Perhaps, the apostle Paul also became fed up with this mentality during his life. In his first of two letters to the church of Thessalonica, Paul urges believers to pray without ceasing. Whether you are sitting, traveling or walking, prayer is a powerful weapon if relied upon. Dropping anchor to pray shouldn’t be saved for emergencies. Rather, prayer provides a covering, a hedge of protection against demonic attacks. Therefore, in good, bad or indifferent times in life, don’t forget to drop anchor to pray.
by Jay Mankus