Thursday, October 6, 2016

Praying for One Another

There are no adequate words to bring salve to the tragedies and injustices that continue to take place in America.  It sometimes feels like every time you wake up in the morning, another tragedy—another reason to be saddened, anxious and confused—is pumping on the headlines.

Because we don’t often know what to say or do, our first inclination is to pray. We feel compelled to say or do something, and so we pray, and we post online that we care, and we are praying.  Through our prayers, God moves and ushers His gracious care into countless hearts and lives. God can do more than we can do, so we certainly want His help.

Andy Stanley has said, “Do for one what you wish you could do for everyone.” You may not be able to do much, but you can do something. Shine the love of God to the people around you. Speak up for justice for the oppressed. Stand for peace for all sides. Show God’s graciousness and loving kindness to all you interact with. Be a voice of hope in a world mixed with pain."

The Bible says, “If anyone, then, knows the good they ought to do and doesn’t do it, it is sin for them” (James 4:17).

Pray and trust God to do what you cannot do. Because God is much greater than man, He can help in our pain like no one else can. God can do more in a moment than we can do in a lifetime.  God is always working, and redeeming what the enemy meant for evil.

Tragedies will always arise on this earth, but we will always arise to pray and to shine God’s love and truth.

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