In a world today that is full of hatred, immorality, pride, corruption, violence and war, it’s hopeful that we can come together and look to come up with a statement that says #prayfor__________ in any devastating, dire, public and viral situation and in this case, #prayforparis. Do you realize that when you use #prayforparis that this is more than hashtag. It is more than a trending social media phenomenon. People are LIVING this in France – and of course it is easy for me to sit behind my computer and type this in the safety and comfort of my own home. Writing this blogpost, changing a profile picture, tweeting a tweet, writing a facebook status is NOT going to change anything except what is trending with “Jennifer Lawrence Stumbles on Red Carpet” on the side bar of Facebook.
What we can do is practise what we are #hashtagging. Let’s stop. Let’s put life aside, let’s pray. Let’s pray in the name of Jesus, in the name of the Son of God, Saviour of the World. We are so powerless but HE is not. Pray and Trust that God has always been, is always, and will always be working.
Let’s also remember that Paris is not the only city who is suffering, even though it may be the only city that is trending.
- The Islamic State group claimed responsibility for two bombs that went off in Baghdad yesterday, killing 26 – 21 during a memorial service, 5 by a roadside bomb
- Two suicide bombings in Beirut, Lebanon resulted in 43 lives lost, responsibility claimed by the Islamic State Group
- Child soldiers in Burma, Nigeria, Yemen, Sudan, Syria continue to be recruited and used for rebel groups, & civil wars
- People are threatened, kidnapped, persecuted every single day.
- The list goes on…
I am pointing the finger at myself as well – my flesh hates prayer, more than anything in this world. I have been, am, and will continue to struggle with prayer. But I will intentionally , #prayforparis, #prayforbaghdad, #prayforbeirut, #prayfortheworld & #prayforsalvation. Remembering that I believe in THE Almighty God, THE Sovereign God, THE Loving God, in THE One God who overcomes the world and overcomes evil, who is the source of all salvation. There is always something to pray for.
Jesus committed no sin, neither was deceit found in his mouth. When he was reviled, he did not revile in return; when he suffered, he did not threaten, but continued entrusting himself to him who judges justly. He himself bore our sins in his body on the tree, that we might die to sin and live to righteousness. By his wounds you have been healed. For you were straying like sheep, but have now returned to the Shepherd and Overseer of your souls. – 1 Peter 2:22-25