How should Christians respond to world issues? Part 1

Part 1: Prayer

O.K. Here we go, confession time. Prayer is something I have been told my entire Christian life is powerful. But, I am a doer! And prayer often times doesn’t seem like doing to me. It seems like waiting, like I am on the sidelines. I want in the game. Do you know what I mean? I want to get my hands dirty. Truthfully, I want others to see me contributing. Can you relate?

As we look at the world around us and see what is happening in Baltimore, Nepal, with Isis and all the issues with the police, it can become overwhelming. How do we respond? It is so easy for me to just go back to living my comfortable life. It is also so easy to respond with the cliche, “I’ll pray for you.” But do I mean it? Do I even believe pray will change anything?

The truth is, YES! PRAYER WORKS! In 1 Thes. 5:17 we are told to “pray continually.” In 1 Timothy 2:8, we are told, “I want men everywhere to lift up holy hands in prayer…” Then 1 Timothy 2:1-2 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made FOR EVERYONE—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness."

Timothy Keller says it this way: “To fail to pray, then, is not to merely break some religious rule—it is a failure to treat God as God. It is a sin against his glory. ‘Far be it from me,’ said the prophet Samuel to his people, ‘that I should sin against the Lord by failing to pray for you." (1 Samuel 12:23)

When we stop and pray for those who are experiencing immense tragedy in Nepal, or for the people of Baltimore, or for our police departments, we are acknowledging God as the solution. We are saying, you and you alone can bring peace, comfort, love and salvation. Our practice of prayer doesn’t reveal what we believe about prayer itself. It reveals what we truly believe about God. Prayer is our opportunity to acknowledge God as the one with all authority (Matthew 28:19-20). Prayer is our opportunity to put into practice our faith (active trust) in who God is! Prayer then becomes an opportunity for God to reveal himself to us, as we surrender ourself to Him, giving us direction on how we can engage the pivotal moments that happen every day in the world around us.

Prayer is simply the key to everything we need to do and be in life. We must learn to pray. We have to.” —Timothy Keller

Will you join us in praying specifically for the Christian communities in Nepal, Baltimore and around the world, that God will reveal himself to them and empower them to share about the one God who can truly meet the physical and spiritual needs during this time?