Sam Smith – Pray

I was recently struck by Sam Smith’s song, Pray. It’s currently in the top pop charts. It’s honest and it’s raw and I think every Christian should sit up and realise this is how some people feel, regardless of whether they go to church or not:

You won’t find me in church (no) reading the Bible (no)
I am still here and I’m still your disciple
I’m down on my knees, I’m beggin’ you, please
I’m broken, alone, and afraid
I’m not a saint, I’m more of a sinner
I don’t wanna lose, but I fear for the winners
When I try to explain, the words run away
That’s why I am stood here today

And I’m gonna pray (Lord), pray (Lord), maybe I’ll pray
Pray for a glimmer of hope
Maybe I’ll pray (Lord), pray (Lord), maybe I’ll pray
I’ve never believed, and you know, that I’m gonna

Won’t you call me?
Can we have a one-to-one, please?
Let’s talk about freedom
Everyone prays in the end
Everyone prays in the end

This song gives me great hope. In our secular culture we often assume that, unless someone is sitting in a pew on a Sunday morning, they live a faithless life. Yes, Smith confirms what we are often told: whether people confess themselves as Christians or not, people are looking for hope.

This gives us an incredible opportunity as Christians, but even more so it gives us a responsibility. We are here to build the bridges from someone searching to find The Way.

May our lives speak so strongly of the hope and love we find in Christ that when people are silently praying they are brave enough to ask us to explain what prayer means to us.

Lord, you are there for all people. You died for all and you love all. May we be a positive conduit between You and those who are searching for hope. Amen.

How can you live in such a way that those who are searching for hope may come to speak to you?

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This article was written by Linda Bailey

Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.