What if all of the Christians in the world were to really pray? Not just say "pray for ..." or "I'm praying for you", but really pray?
I have been mulling over this idea for the past several weeks.
After the events in the past few weeks, I have been convicted for myself and my Christian friends. We all change our pictures on social media and hashtag #prayfor..., but are we really hitting our knees and crying out to the God of the universe, the creator and sustainer of life to change our world. I don't think that there is one person who can imagine the change that would come if we were to join forces and fight the battles of the world with the only One who can truly defend us.
I will be the first to admit that I have told people that I would pray for them and then gone on with my day, forgetting to ever once mention them or their problem/issue/sickness to the Lord in prayer. What would happen, though, if I didn't forget. What would happen if everyone who said they would pray, really did?
"Submit to God, resist the devil, and he will flee." James 4:7
I was really disturbed by the front page of the New York newspaper yesterday. It stated, God is not fixing this. From what I gather, the post was referring to the "thoughts and prayers" of Christians after all of these tragedies, yet there continue to be tragedies. The truth is that we are in a lost and dying world. Our only hope is in Jesus and his return. While we anticipate his return, we have been given the tools necessary to fight the enemy. Our strongest and most powerful tool is prayer. God knows and sees everything, but it is our duty to petition Him, to call on Him.
I am not saying that everything bad in the world will stop happening. We all still have our free will. But, God can and will intervene on the behalf of His people.
I challenge myself and all my Christian friends and family to battle in prayer. Let's not simply say "I'm praying for you" or hashtag #prayfor... as a glazed over comfort to those who are hurting. Let's go to battle and pray for hearts to turn to Him, pray for those who are lost to find the only one who can save us, pray for the Lord to foil acts of the enemy all over the world. Until He returns, let's use our greatest weapon, PRAYER!