The Prayer Net

Life has a lot of “Nets.” In basketball there is a net that signals a score. There is the fishing net that traps the fish. A mosquito net will sequester mosquitos. Yesterday, I asked those in worship to cast a “Prayer Net” over Brenda Murphy, the mother of James Murphy. Brenda is sick and needs the power of healing prayer. A “Net of Prayer” in my mind is a cover that only God can provide. Imagine if you will, a blanket or cover that snuggles you in warmth and protection. This is my image of a “Prayer Net.”

A basketball net eventually will become torn. Every mosquito net has a life. A fishing net will break after a period, but a “Net of Prayer” only becomes stronger.

During the summers of 1973 and 1974, I served as a student intern at the Central Congregational United Church of Christ in New Orleans. As an infant, I was baptized by my father at this church. As a toddler, I was potty-trained at the Hume Center, which was adjacent to the church. In those summers as a student for the ministry, I learned almost everything I needed to learn about what was required to be a pastor: visitation of the sick, sermon preparation, how to lead a Bible Study, pastoral counseling, youth ministry, young adult ministry, church board meetings, worship leadership, and much more.

One of the other things I learned during those summers in New Orleans was how to “Crabbing” at Lake Ponchartrain with Robbie and Judie Jeffrion and several of their family and friends. Robbie and Judie were also from Central United Church of Christ and may have been also potty-trained with me. They taught me how to put bait on the crab nets, cast the nets into the lake, when to pull the nets out of the lake, how to retrieve the crabs from the nets and ultimately, boil the crabs and ultimately eat the crabs on a table spread with newspaper. But even so, at some point, the best of the crab nets would wear out!

A “Prayer Net” cannot be torn. It needs no bait. It has a power that can cover a multitude of sins which can redeem the lost, heal the sick, provide direction and inspiration and call down to earth the power of God! I encourage you today to pull on the power of the “Prayer Net” and see what God will do in your life!

Psalm 107: 28 Then they cried to the Lord in their trouble,

and he brought them out from their distress;

29 he made the storm be still,

and the waves of the sea were hushed.

30 Then they were glad because they had quiet,

and he brought them to their desired haven. [1]

Questions for Reflection:

  1. How would you describe the power of prayer?
  2. What about Psalm 107: 28-30 is similar or different to your attitude regarding the power of prayer?

Prayer: Lord, your power is like a net that cannot be broken. Your grace and mercy enfold me like a cover that drapes me. You understand my thoughts from on high. Your reach expands from the heavens to below. In my distress, you have given me peace. When I was afraid, you created calm. In my ignorance, you have shown me the way. Through Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior I pray. Amen.

Written by Rev. Dr. Nicholas Hood III

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[1] The Holy Bible: New Revised Standard Version. (1989). (Ps 107:28–30). Nashville: Thomas Nelson Publishers.