When was the last time you cried out to God about something other than personal issues? We’re often so absorbed in our own lives that we fail to see the crises others are facing. But whether a hardship impacts total strangers or hits close to home, do you ever feel some matters are just too big for one person’s prayer to make a difference?
The Bible assures us that “the prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working” (ESV). And the next verse gives a powerful example: “Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed fervently that it might not rain, and for three years and six months it did not rain on the earth. Then he prayed again, and heaven gave rain, and the earth bore its fruit.”
God can heal, bring peace, and change circumstances. And He has chosen to let His children participate in the process through prayer. He wants us to talk with Him about everything
Today, when you hear of a tragedy or problem—regardless of whether it affects you or perfect strangers—resist the temptation to distance yourself from it. You can influence the lives of others when you intercede on their behalf. Let crises become a catalyst for prayer.
“Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God.” Philippians 4:6
Yahweh, the world is in an uproar. News reports on radio, television, and social media grow grimmer each day. Along with the global crisis, there are families in crisis, too. From losing jobs and income to medical diagnoses that shock and scare, we find ourselves at a loss for words and direction at times. Father, please guide us to be alert for ways to lift each other and to offer help when needed. Remind us that this earth is not our home. God, I pray that in each moment, our thoughts will go to You. I pray we will glean hope that is found in Your Word. Thank You for the peace and comfort found in You. In Christ’s name. Amen
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