Thursday, June 04, 2015

Learning to make a difference

Civil war in Syria is now in its fifth year. Nobody knows how many people have been killed. Estimates vary from 100,000 to 300,000. Half the population of Syria have fled their homes. ISIS now controls half the territory of Syria.
The little girl in the picture is four years old. She has never known anything but war. When the cameraman pointed his camera at her, she automatically lifted her hands in a gesture of surrender.

What sort of a world do we live in?

A fallen world where wickedness can flourish.

But what can I do? I am a committed born-again Christian.

Above all, pray. Prayer works. "Call to me," God says, "and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you did not know" (Jer 33:3). The Bible is so full of stories of answered prayer and Jesus spent so much time teaching on answered prayer that it's a wonder people don't pray more often. God spared the children of Israel as a result of Moses' prayer. (You can read the story in Ex 32:9 - 14.)

It's all right for Moses. But what about an insignificant person like me?

You are not insignificant. You are a child of the King. It is not by accident that you are a Christian. And it is not by accident that you are living now, at this time. Just as the wicked have freedom of choice, so do you. Only you can decide to pray. God is deeply concerned. Ask Him to put some of His concern in your heart, so you can pray heartfelt prayers.

But I don't know enough about how to pray.

You can read all the books on prayer and know all there is to know about prayer, but it won't be any good if you don't pray. Let Him teach you. Begin to spend time in God's presence. Be content to wait. He will give you prayers to pray that He is waiting to answer. Never doubt that your prayers are heard.

One more thing. Now is the ideal time to start.

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