If you turn on the news today, you will notice a theme that has rang true the past couple weeks: terror and brokenness. As Christians it is our duty to intercede and help those that are in need, but I question the impact that I can truly make as college student living in North Dallas. Because of this, it is easy to only allow a few moments of thought to these events when I feel that I have no power to change them. Why would anyone want to dwell on the sadness that is happening around the world when we feel there is no cure? These ideas and feelings of powerlessness are false, brothers and sisters. Do we not have the power of prayer, where we can make our requests known to God? And according to Ephesians, isn’t our God “able to do far more abundantly that all that we ask or think”?
So let us be active with power we have been given in prayer.
We know that our God is a God who is capable of the indescribable. So let’s ask for the indescribable. Let’s pray and plead for salvation of the men of Isis, that the scales will fall from their eyes like Paul and that they will be redeemed. That they will turn in their ways and see the goodness of the grace of our merciful God. Who else will do it? Our Word is the one that says “Love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you” (Matt. 5:44), so let’s love Isis, and any other who causes terror, enough to pray for their salvation.
If we turn a blind eye toward the hurt and tragedy of these civilians, how are we to be broken for them in a way that compels us to prayer? We must ask the Lord to soften our hearts for those responsible and to look upon them as what they really are: God’s creation left to their own sin. This is the only way that we will be able to intercede for those who need us, by not allowing ourselves to turn a blind eye and push the victim’s pain to the back of our minds. Allow yourself to sit in the suffering and the sadness that comes with the reality of these innocent civilians lives so that we may earnestly pray for their healing and salvation, as well as the redemption of their persecutors.
Set a reminder, so that at 12 pm you can join me in prayer. Grab a friend or find an empty office so that we can have an intentional time pleading with the Lord. Let’s pray for:
- the salvation and heart change of the men of Isis, that they will see that these acts are not pleasing to their Allah, but are empty and horrendous actions
- the victims of the past events and the events to come, for healing for their families and their loved ones
- the civilians through out Europe and the Middle East, for the fears that undoubtedly have overtaken their lives and for the Lord to bring peace to them
- the Lord’s will to be done and for Him to be most Glorified
As the Church this is the role that we get to play and it is an ongoing role. These prayers do not finish today but continue to be our heart cry.
Remind yourself of these scriptures:
“Whatever you ask in my name, this I will do, that the Father be glorified in the Son.” John 14:13
“But if anyone has the world’s goods and sees his brother in need, yet closes his heart against him, how does God’s love abide in him?” 1 John 3:17
This post was written by Marisa Mulloy our High School Girls summer resident.