Today there is a great out powering of grief and suffering in Paris. Explosions and guns were used to bomb Frenchman going to Friday celebrations and living life. There were other countries represented in the crisis, but it was focused on Parisians. The terrorist destroyed the beauty of architectural over 200 years old. The enemy destroyed families, young and old people, spirits, safety, and peace. ISIS strikes and will continue to strike. This grief permeates our soils and souls. We understand the enemy will continue to grow. We need to a plan. A big plan. A prayer plan. A war plan. How can this happen in time to save our country or others?
Ancients used lucky charms like rabbit’s feet to ward of evil spirits or create a safety net within if they carried the animal’s foot. They relied on this to bring them luck and protection. Some of us still carry rabbit’s feet in other forms. Sometimes we sit in our warm home in front of the fire sipping tea and feeling so content, secure, and safe. We push away the thoughts of those grieving from disasters, the hungry and homeless, and those Christians that have been persecuted and killed in North Korea, China, Syria, and more. Denial becomes our rabbit’s foot. The burden is so heavy, so difficult to comprehend that we just need to escape.
What if we used this advent season to pray? Peace begins with prayer. Choose a specific time to sincerely seek God’s word and pray for our hurting brothers and sisters. Pray for those being persecuted for their beliefs. Pray for the heart of a terrorist. Try to visualize one of the terrorists that make the news and see his heart softened. Diligently pray every day of advent that Jesus will intercede and safeguard our country and others. We will create a prayer wall around our brothers and sisters, peace-seeking countries, and our families.
Do not throw away your confidence with your used tea bag. Instead, “…my righteousness one will live by faith. And I take no pleasure in the one who shrinks back. We are not those who shrink back and are destroyed, but of those who believe and are saved. “ Hebrews 10:38,39
We will be richly rewarded if we ban together in prayer every day. In these times, we need to stand together.
Please take the time to name the time you promise to pray from now through December. Pray for our country and those being persecuted. Your responses will be an encouragement to commitment and a blessing to all. Please add your strength to our prayer wall.