No Matter Who or What We Are, We Must Pray

You don’t have to be super smart to understand that achieving success in a big endeavor requires many things to go your way. However, a significant number of those factors will be completely outside of your control. While we humans tend to prefer having complete control over everything we do, the truth is quite different. We have to do our best and trust that other elements, beyond our control and influence, will work in our favor. And this is where prayer comes into the picture. Regardless of who or what we are, we must pray. If you’re serious about achieving success, prayer should be an integral part of your journey.

During a podcast interview with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Artificial Intelligence researcher Lex Fridman, SpaceX founder Elon Musk shared that he got on his knees to pray for SpaceX to have their first successful crewed flight. Elon Musk said “Now, I am not a religious person but I, nonetheless, got on my knees and prayed for this mission.” He added that he was unable to sleep the day prior. Upon mission success, he was relieved that all went well. The Demo-2 mission’s success paved the way for SpaceX to perform more crewed space flights in the years to follow.

Elon Musk’s statement is fascinating because, despite claiming to be non-religious and not inclined towards prayer, he turned to prayer in his hour of need. His public acknowledgement of prayer is an invitation for us to consider how praying can help us when things get tough. Disregarding prayer entirely may be motivated by a sense of pride, believing that we can achieve our goals solely through our own efforts. God resists the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Prayer should be one of your top three priorities. Any Christian who is serious about their goals and mission should spend at least 10 hours per week in prayer.

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