In a Monday appearance on The Billy Hallowell Podcast, actress Candace Cameron Bure discussed the importance of the power of prayer in her life and responded to those who contend that “prayer isn’t enough” in the aftermath of tragedy.
During the interview, Bure, who is most famous for her role as D.J. Tanner in the hit sitcom “Full House,” and its 2016 reboot “Fuller House,” talked about faith, life and her new book, “Staying Stylish: Cultivating a Confident Look, Style and Attitude.”
Bure said the book is about “spiritual wellness and finding that confidence from within.”
The actress, who said that she does not “feel right” when she is not “connecting with God,” addressed those who argue that “prayer isn’t enough,” or mock those who offer their thoughts and prayers in the wake of tragedy.
One such instance came after the Nov. 5 mass shooting at the First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, which left 26 people dead, as NBC News reported.
Following the shooting, Speaker of the House Paul Ryan, a Republican from Wisconsin, posted a tweet that said, “The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.”
Reports out of Texas are devastating. The people of Sutherland Springs need our prayers right now.
— Paul Ryan (@SpeakerRyan) November 5, 2017
In response, California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a Democrat, tweeted, “They were in their church praying when this happened. What they need is gun control.”
They were in their church praying when this happened. What they need is gun control. https://t.co/2DfSoaoJ28
— Gavin Newsom (@GavinNewsom) November 5, 2017
Bure said it “bothers” her, and she feels “sad” for the people who write such things, noting that the first thing she thinks is, “Well, they’ve never experienced the power of prayer. They just don’t know.”
“Prayer, for me, is always where you start. That’s the start of your solution,” she added. “Then, yes, you take action.”
Bure explained why it is imperative to begin with prayer.
“If you don’t start with (prayer) there’s no power behind it, because God’s the power,” she said. “God can do anything, change anything — change hearts. It’s the heart of all of us that needs to be changed and that’s where God needs to get in.”
Bure also discussed the importance of prayer in her everyday life, saying that she doesn’t feel balanced when she isn’t able to give thanks to God, appealing to “his truths and not (her) own emotions.”
The “Fuller House” actress shared that she vents to God and shares with Him her most pressing and important concerns, and encouraged others to do the same.
“If I’ve got a tough day, God’s right there with me by my side,” she said.
Bure expressed concern that many people misunderstand prayer and fail to realize that it is “an open dialogue with God at any time of the day or night.”
“There’s nothing too small to talk to Him about,” she said. “There’s nothing too crazy or big idea to ask Him about. Whether its praise or asking for help it’s just an ongoing dialogue.”