There are times in life when we feel so entirely helpless. We see violence all around us and live in a state of heightened awareness. This could have been us, our church, our family, our friends, our pastor. Our hearts are heavy. We grieve for those we didn’t know and because of the Love we know, we long to do something, anything to help.
The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live. I Timothy 2:1-3 Message
Pray! Seems that’s the message Paul was trying to convey to Timothy in these verses. Just pray! Pray first, not last. Pray like your life depends on it. Pray for those who rule over us that they would be filled with wisdom. Pray for pastors and parishioners. Pray for mothers and fathers, sons and daughters. Pray for your neighbors, those struggling with what they hear and see. PRAY!
We’ve gone so far away from this simple instruction. A single word that has the capability to change a nation. We tend to pray in crisis but how many of us make a daily routine of prayer? So few actually take a moment to give thanks for their food, but it’s what Jesus taught us to do.
Prayer is enough! James says it makes much power available to us. Peter says that the eyes of the Lord on on the righteous and His ears are open to their prayers. Pray people, pray! Pray when you rise up and when you lay down. Pray on your way to work and while you’re going about your day. Mothers, teach your children to pray. Fathers, set the tone in your home. PRAY!
Father, stir your people to cry out to You for the lost, the hopeless, those who need to hear the good news of the gospel of Jesus. Pray like it was their moms and dads on a slippery slope to hell. Oh Father, we cry out for the lost, COME BACK TO GOD! We cry out to sons and daughters, COME BACK TO GOD! For those struggling with addiction, COME BACK TO GOD! For those who have murder in their heart, COME BACK TO GOD!
We ask that Your Holy Spirit begin to woe them. Speak to their hearts and cause Your people to rise up and pray again. To put more time into praying then they do watching TV or going to parties, or going to church. Give them a heart to pray, Father. To love others that much! It’s in Jesus’ name we pray, Amen.