How broken our world is. Tragedy is reality for so many. And for those who watch from afar, do our hearts break?
In our own backyard do we not see how life is no longer precious – if it’s inconvenient. The unplanned pregnancy, the elderly failing body. Our world’s answer: bury them or throw them away. How have we come to this? How do we not weep? How are we not in fervent prayer – constantly?
Can we go the world over and extinguish all evil? Do we have the funds to fix every need? No, but we have a God who longs to hear our call. “He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him.” (Psalm 91:15 NIV)
Let’s cry out to God for those right in front of us and those half a world away. Let’s never say in our hearts that prayer doesn’t make a difference. To do so makes God a liar and Jesus a fraud.
For the Father calls us to prayer and there wasn’t one thing Jesus did on earth without praying. Many times the Bible says Jesus looked up, then prayed. From multiplying a few fish to feed thousands, to healing a blind man, and everything in between – Jesus prayed. So much more should we. “Then Jesus looked up and said, “Father, I thank you that you have heard Me.” (John 11:41b NIV)
My heart and head are learning new things. Much is accomplished by a steadfast child of God who prays. ““Prayer is not telling God what to do. Prayer is partnering with God to see that His will is done.” (Stormie Omartian)
You and I can’t make all the wrongs right but we can pray and acknowledge we serve a God who can and will work all things out. We have been given great power – the power to pray. Jesus’ disciples noticed that when Jesus prayed, miracles happened. There was power accompanying His prayers. Yet they didn’t ask Him for that power, they asked Him to teach them how to pray.
Maybe if we will break a little over all the hurt and heartache around us and call out to God, we will see miracles. But we’ll never know until we lift up our eyes and pray. “The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them.” (Psalm 34:17a NIV)
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