“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.
“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me.” (Revelation 3:20)
Today many of us have a video doorbell system on our homes that alerts us whenever someone approaches our door. With the abundance of online deliveries these days, it’s becoming more and more common for a delivery person to approach, leave a package on our doorstep, and discreetly leave without ever having to engage with the home owner.
Unfortunately, there are many of us in the Christian church that want to subscribe to this model of “knock, leave it at my door, and I’ll come and get it at my own convenience”-type of faith, but it doesn’t work that way.
“Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” (1 John 3:18)
I love my wife and children and I make it a habit to tell each of them that at least daily. But imagine if I verbally told them I love them, yet I ignored them, didn’t lead them or care for them as a husband and father should, or even worse, abused them?
“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)
As I’ve grown older and have been able to experience so many different things in life, one of the truths I’ve learned is that outside of God, the only constant is change; the only thing of this world that is consistent, is inconsistency itself.