“Let no one despise you for your youth, but set the believers an example in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith, in purity.” (1 Timothy 4:12)
Today’s blog post won’t be my words, but my 12 year old daughter’s.
Before I tuck my kids into bed, we always take time praying together. Last night before she went to sleep I asked her, “Can you pray for the situation our country is in right now, and I’ll pray after you?”
I was so moved by her prayer that I jotted it down practically verbatim afterwards so I wouldn’t forget. Just as it gave me hope and encouragement in today’s climate of inequality, I pray it will do the same for you.
“Continue steadfastly in prayer, being watchful in it with thanksgiving.” (Colossians 4:2)
Prayer is our primary communication channel to God. It is a vital component of our relationship with Him, and we are to be devoted to it at all times.
With the repercussions of sin and the state of this fallen world rearing their collective ugly head for the world to see in 2020, believers should be praying for their countries, communities, families, friends and foes alike, and the universal body of Christ more now than ever before. Now is neither the time to be outwardly silent, nor spiritually silent.
“Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” (Isaiah 1:16-17)
This past Monday on May 25, 2020, a man named George Floyd was killed at the hands of police. The story has rocked the nation, as it was another instance of a black man [person] being treated inhumanely by a police officer. Whether or not it was racially motivated or just plain stupidity and lack of judgment, it’s these type of events that give the black community in our nation the sense that their lives don’t matter, when in fact, they do. This situation is all around heart-breaking and disgusting. The scene and storyline has become all too familiar over the past several years, as cellphones have given us the ability to record horrific demonstrations of sin occurring in real time. I have no doubt that this, as with all sin, grieves God’s heart, as it should likewise grieve the hearts of all those who claim to love and follow Jesus.
“And Mary said, ‘My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior.'” (Luke 1:46-47)
As I read through this passage this morning, it reminded me that our souls and spirits should be in a state of continuous praise towards our God, who so abundantly cares for us and fulfills His promises to us every day!
“Blessed are those who keep his testimonies, who seek him with their whole heart.” (Psalm 119:2)
Have you ever truly sought after something with your whole heart? I think it’s rare when people actually do.