As I watch the news lately, I can hardly believe all the horrible things that are happening throughout the world. Innocent children used as pawns at the border crossing. Children and other civilians used as human shields in Gaza. The horror of war. The desperation of Israel, just trying to exist while surrounded by people who hate them so much that they want every Jewish person annihilated. And then there’s the religious persecution of Christians.
What can we do? The needs are endless. My resources are few.
I can send money. But then, what?
I can make these needs known in my small corner of the world.
I can blog about it. Perhaps my words will move someone else to do what they can to bring attention and aid to these poor suffering people.
Sometimes I forget my most powerful weapon: PRAYER.
Jesus left us the perfect example of the man or woman who walks closely with God. He went off to a quiet place each day to talk to His God. I hope we also do that daily, not only for our own spiritual sustenance, but to entreat Him for mercy and provision for the victims of evil.
Yesterday I was reading in the book of Revelation. In Revelation chapter five, the Lamb: Jesus Christ, is worthy to take the scroll from God. As He does so, twenty-four elders fall down before Him. They are holding harps (for musical worship) and vials filled with incense (containing the prayers of the saints.)
The prayers of the saints.
Never think that our worship and our intercession for others is insignificant to God. If they are mentioned in heaven, then they have indeed reached Jesus, who intercedes for His saints.
I was struck by this mention of our prayers. They are precious to our Lord.
The Lord listens to the prayers of His saints. The Word of God promises it.
Lets pray and pray and pray for the world, for those who are victims of horrible, hateful religious fanatics, and for those who hate God and want to throw off His yoke—however righteous and gracious it is— forever.
Pray for Israel.
But also pray for those who hate Israel.
Pray for the persecuted and those who are being used.
But also pray for the haters and those who only value their own profit and power even at the cost of many innocent lives.
Lets fall on our faces before our precious Savior and intercede for the whole world. Lets pray every day and as often as we hear of more trouble.
“Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open.”( Ephesians 6: 23 The Message)