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Prayer is Clutch


I am not going to even pretend to act like I know much about sports.


I know just enough to barely follow along!


Barely.


My boyfriend, however, is the complete opposite. Sports, particularly basketball, have played a huge role in his life since childhood. He knows the ins and outs of the game like the back of his hand.


I may not know much about sports, but I do know a thing or two about bench players. Specifically in the game of basketball, bench players comprise a group of players who do not start the game, but could very well enter the game as a substitution if need be.


Brandon Anderson, editor of SportsRaid & Wrigley Rapport, wrote an article titled, "The 2019 NBA Bench Mob All-Stars." The purpose of the article was to acknowledge the significance of bench players considering how instrumental they are to the success of every team.


According to Brandon, "the bench makes all the difference for teams like the Raptors, Pacers, Spurs, and Clippers. Stars can't play all 48 minutes."


"Stars can't play all 48 minutes."

I can only imagine the amount of physicality and endurance it takes for athletes to make it through a game.


But us non-athletes can fully relate to the notion of not being able to play all 48 minutes.


There are some days where life just hits you hard and you feel like giving up. Whether it's stress from work, balancing having a family, grief, health issues, or even anxiety, at no point in life do we always operate at 100% capacity.


Just like how bench players are absolutely clutch during the times when the starting players can't play at full capacity, we too need the same access to a strong bench player.


Our bench players in everyday life are the people who pray and intercede on our behalves.


Too many of us underestimate just how powerful prayer is. When you pray for someone, you are interceding on their behalf by following the voice of God.


Prayer is often times viewed as passive because we deduce prayer to mere words, failing to realize the power that is released by those very words. Prayer is in fact an action.


I saw a shared post on Facebook that captured my attention so greatly that I have not been able to get it out of my mind ever since.


The post said the following:


"She can't pray right now, so let us pray for her.

She has no strength right now, so let us hold her up.

She has no words right now, so let us be her voice." Latasha Williams


When I read that post, I thought about the countless individuals who make up this world who periodically just need some extra lifting from someone outside of themselves.


It is our duty to uplift one another.


Prayer is clutch.


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