This is the second post in a 2-part series. Read part 1.
“‘Why was there no man when I came? When I called, why was there none to answer? Is My hand so short that it cannot ransom? Or have I no power to deliver?'” –The Lord, Isaiah 50:2a-d
As I examine myself and the state of the Church, we should have been desperately crying out to God long ago, united as a people of Christ in asking for His “Kingdom come” and His “will be done on earth as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-15).
Now is the time to pray, not to look the other way. Now is the time to cry out on behalf of the many who desperately need to know they need Jesus. Now is the time to fall to our knees and cry out for God to do a miraculous work in drawing men, women, and children to Himself, to send laborers…to send us… into His fields. Continue reading
“First of all, then, I urge that entreaties and prayers, petitions and thanksgivings, be made on behalf of all men, for kings and all who are in authority, so that we may lead a tranquil and quiet life in all godliness and dignity. This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” –Paul, 1 Timothy 2:1-3
Today, the Lord really put it on my heart that, more than ever, people of Christ, now is a time to intercede.
In light of recent decrees and happenings in the States, we really need to cry out to God, the Righteous Judge, for His mercy, asking Him to forgive us of our sin and heal our land. Indeed, our generation bears witness along with those who have gone before that all have sinned and fallen short of God’s ways and glory (Romans 3:21-26; 1 John 1:5-2:6).
And yet, Church, let us not forget: Jesus Christ is still the Hope and Savior of the world.
This is the first post in a 2-part series. Read part 2: Weariness and God’s Strength.
It all started with an unsuspecting jaunt over to check some messages on social media for a few minutes on a low-key Sunday afternoon. Just a cruise through my news feed, I thought, to reply to a message I knew was waiting. But what then followed was curiosity about the current goings on of my “friends” (you know how it goes… 😉 ) and reading mostly upbeat posts, cheery statuses, insightful blog posts, and beautiful images of life from various sunny weekend spots.
And in the midst of this slice of life from my news feed, I was confronted by a jarring photograph of a woman’s bloodied face and the far away, desperate look in her eyes after airstrikes near her home.
It was arresting.
Unreal, but sadly, very real…
It captured my attention, and I couldn’t continue scrolling down the news feed without stopping and wanting to know more.
In lieu of Christmas cards this year, I write. Reflecting on 2009, there’s a major theme I see in everything that’s happened this year: God is near. He’s in the midst of our most joyous seasons, but even more profound to me now, He walks with us in the midst of our deepest valleys. He is the compassionate God. Compassion. Compati… He bears our burdens. He suffers alongside. He feels our pain… our intense, difficult, personal pain. Continue reading