The situation in our country continues to become more chaotic and discouraging.
“What can I do to help?” is a question many of us are asking.
This morning I read a post from Franklin Graham about the Prayer March to the Capitol scheduled for later this month. In his post he referred to how the prophet Elijah lived in equally troubled times as ours and when he continued to call out to God in earnest prayer, God responded, as referred to in the Book of James.
16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another, and pray for one another so that you may be healed. The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much. 17 Elijah was a man with a nature like ours, and he prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the earth for three years and six months. 18 Then he prayed again, and the sky poured rain and the earth produced its fruit.James 5 (NASB)
The disciple, James, admonishes us first to openly face our own sins and to pray for each other. This humility and compassion frees us up to submit our pleas to Heaven.
We mustn’t give up or turn away from God during this turbulent time.
A recent prediction is that at least one fifth of all churches will never recover from the Corona Virus lock downs. Those congregations represent thousands of individuals who will be without church homes at the very time when spiritual nurture and support is most needed.
I encourage you to pray for all our shuttered churches and restricted congregations. If you belong to one of these struggling congregations, or know of those in your community, please consider offering financial support, as well, if you are able.
“Thus the Lord was moved by prayer for the land.”—2 Samuel 24:25 (NASB)