An excerpt taken from the 21st Century Edition of Operation World…

How can we weak, frail, puny creatures speak to our omnipotent Creator to make a difference to our world?  It is a breath-taking mystery. A picture comes to mind of a strange European custom at the launch of a ship.

Some VIP  is invited to “launch” a ship. The mighty ship lies on its slipway where it was constructed awaiting the VIP to break a bottle of wine on its bows and give it the name it will bear. Once done the ropes and cables restraining the ship are loosed by unseen hands and the ship majestically slides off to begin its career in the water. There are similarities to intercession. The proclamation of the ship’s name by the VIP is an important action, but the ship could be launched without it. It is a mystery that our loving Father has somehow limited His omnipotence to teaming up with His redeemed people so that His actions in the world are inextricably linked with prayer.