I have to say that one of the biggest blessings that I have been reminded of lately is that I have so many wonderful people in my life who love me that live to serve the Lord.
I amazed to look back and see the many people that God has placed in my life to mentor me, to be my shoulder to cry on, and just to listen exactly when I needed them.
I sit here today and look back at all the struggles and trials that I have been through and none of that compares to even thinking of the idea of not living my life for Jesus.
I don’t even want to think of the person that I would become not living for Jesus.
I would probably be very scared, hurt, angry and in a lot of pain just like many others.
We have a lot of hurt and pain in the world.
We have a lot of tragedies and trials.
Life has been really hard and has been a huge reality check for many recently.
During my undergraduate years in college I went to chapel about twice a week.
About a year ago a great college friend of mine spoke in our chapel about the importance of telling EVERYONE about the Jesus and the Good News. I’ll name her… Kacey ;).
Kacey reminded us that day that we will not know the time or day when Jesus comes back, but we need to be ready. In addition, she reminded us that there are more than likely a lot of people- whom we know pretty well- that have never heard of Jesus and are living a completely lost life.
And we’re not doing anything about it.
That’s a problem
As the Church, it is our responsibility to seek out our brothers and sisters- lost or found- and to pray for them, encourage them, and love them- especially in these times of need and trouble.
Now is the time when we need Jesus and the Church more than ever. As the Church we need to rise up and take a stand.
As the Church we need to be active in our prayer life, and by being active I don’t just mean thanking God for putting food on the table and providing shelter over our heads (although that is also needed and important).
We need to be praying for the lost who are making harmful and and bad decisions instead of looking at them in shame.
We need to be praying for our fellow brothers and sisters in Christ to be courageous and not be afraid to live the calling that God has called for their lives instead of degrading them of their dreams.
We need to be praying for forgiveness for those have hurt us, for those that we have hurt, and to move forward with life instead of holding onto pain.
We need to be praying for grace and transformation for broken families and relationships instead of pouring more fuel on the fire and having to have the last words.
We need to be praying for healing for our physical needs rather than complaining and giving up on hope.
We need to be praying for guidance and provision for this younger generation to make good decisions and become lights in this dark world instead of looking down on them because of their mistakes and age.
We need to be praying for our world and for Jesus to come to our rescue.
We are all in need of Jesus.
We have become so accustomed to the problems of this world that I personally think some of us have partially given up on one of our biggest duties as Christians.
We are told time after time in Scripture that whenever we pray and call out to the Father He HEARS US.
Now is the time to stop complaining and taking things in our own hands.
Now is the time to give it all up to the one who created us in the first place because we can’t do this on our own.
Prayer isn’t just a daily task to cross off in the mornings or before we go to bed.
Prayer is a lifeline and a lifestyle.
Will you join me in challenging ourselves to ultimately transform our lives through the power of prayer?
The Message (MSG)
13-18 Be prepared. You’re up against far more than you can handle on your own. Take all the help you can get, every weapon God has issued, so that when it’s all over but the shouting you’ll still be on your feet. Truth, righteousness, peace, faith, and salvation are more than words. Learn how to apply them. You’ll need them throughout your life. God’s Word is an indispensable weapon. In the same way, prayer is essential in this ongoing warfare. Pray hard and long. Pray for your brothers and sisters. Keep your eyes open. Keep each other’s spirits up so that no one falls behind or drops out.
The Message (MSG)
31-33 Jesus answered them, “Do you finally believe? In fact, you’re about to make a run for it—saving your own skins and abandoning me. But I’m not abandoned. The Father is with me. I’ve told you all this so that trusting me, you will be unshakable and assured, deeply at peace. In this godless world you will continue to experience difficulties. But take heart! I’ve conquered the world.”
(photo credit: Christian Briones)