A million reasons to pray

May 14, 2008 — Leave a comment

As I have thumbed through newspapers, flipped through channels, and surfed through websites this week, I have been absolutely blown away by the vast amount of chaos going on in our world.

Last week’s devastating cyclone in Burma has left thousands upon thousands dead. And with that nation’s power-hungry regime in place, the free world may never know the final numbers. Those who would seek to help the desperate people find their attempts shunned — or worse, their food and basic supplies confiscated by the government. We must pray.

The tornadoes and flooding that continue to characterize this season’s weather pattern have already left hundreds homeless here in the states. And forecasters predict several more weeks of storms. We must pray.

In China this week, an earthquake registering 7.9, rocked the region for a period of two to three minutes. In its wake, thousands are dead, many trapped beneath the rubble, and many more simply listed as missing. We must pray.

Just this morning, news media reports a new cyclone headed in the direction of weather-weary Burma. What is being hailed as one of the worst huminatarian crises in recent history appears to be getting even worse. We must pray.

Prayer is one of those things that is deeply personal, but I believe, extremely powerful. It is through prayer that we communicate with God. Besides each of these terrible calamities already mentioned, we each have our own issues and situations that need a special touch from God today.

For many, the rising costs of living pose very real threats to financial stability — especially to those on fixed incomes. For others, the reality of job loss is impacting not only their financial status but also their self-esteem. Still others face situations too painful for words.

Soren Kierkegaard once said, “Prayer does not change God, but it changes him who prays.”

Isn’t it good to know that in a world filled with change and uncertainty, we have a God who is constant? I have no trouble finding people to pray for and things to pray about. In fact, each of us has a million reasons to pray.

For today, I encourage you to pray that God will change you into the person He desires for you to be. That kind of change does not happen overnight. It will demand patience and perseverance. It will demand time, energy, and heightened priority. It will demand more than words, more than conviction. It will demand sacrifice, perhaps in a number of ways.

Whether we seek to change the world – or just our little corner of it. . . we must pray.

Are you struggling with something today that no one else knows about? Do you feel all alone? Feel free to contact me. I would love the opportunity to pray for you.

 

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