I don’t know about you but I believe I’m living in extra ordinary times of global and personal change. In reality we probably only hear a fraction of what goes on in our world, both good & bad. So why pray, will it really make any difference? In fact in recent months there has been lots of verbal “flapping” about whether our government heads should even be saying “our thoughts & prayers are with the families.” (One of my wildest dreams would be if they actually did it right then and there, imagine 20 million people bowing theirs and calling upon God for mercy.)
Praying in times of crisis whether global, local or personal has become God’s wisdom for me in the past 10 years. Although this hasn’t always been the case I, like many, would much rather jump into action if possible (which I highly recommend), watch endless newscasts or read countless articles about the crisis. I would like to propose to anyone who’s reading this, that prayer is the first call to action, especially for God’s people. I don’t know all of the reasons why God wants to hear my voice in a crisis but here are some of my “thoughts” before I “pray.”
God is sovereign, creator of all things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things were created by him and for him. Col 1:16 A great truth to chew on before I open my mouth to pray. So whether Iran is planning to strike Saudi Arabia in the next few months or I just found out my friend is gravely ill I want to affirm in my mind that God hasn’t lost control or abdicated his throne.
And how about that throne, Ps 89:14 says it’s foundation is righteousness and justice. God is always right about everything, and He is just. Even when I’m aghast at the odd judgments that come down in our criminal courts. Like the case a few years back in my community of St. Albert, a murderer can now apply for parole in 7 years. I along with many others have prayed for the families since 2010 that “God would bring justice for those affected because his chosen ones have cried out to him day & night,
Lk 18:7, 8.
The cry for justice may be at any level. It might be as personal as a time when friends had trouble with immigration papers and the possibility of having to leave the country was looming. It’s to the courtroom of heaven we can make our appeals having full confidence the scales will be set right.
He truly is the God who sees and hears, Genesis 21:17. Countless times in the gospels where the crisis was personal Jesus always responded. The father in Matt 17:14 who in desperation asks Jesus for mercy because his son was suffering greatly from seizures, received healing & deliverance for him. I’ve too have been asking that same God who sees and is merciful to heal a young boy in palliative care in Toronto, I’ve never met the boy but God knows him better than anyone.
He has declared himself to be the only wise and living God, so I trust his perspective and evaluations in all matters. In fact I think it’s why he urges us through the apostle Paul to pray especially for kings and all those in authority because God knows how desperately fragile our human systems are, and how great humanity suffers as a result.
So before we at the house of prayer Edmonton pray we seek to think rightly about who it is we are praying to. Then with confidence and not so eloquent prayers we make requests, intercession and thanksgivings, l Tim 2:1, believing that in these crisis filled times God is actively intervening on our behalf.
Do consider coming and joining your voice with ours!
- Colleen Jackson, HoPE Volunteer Staff