Storms on the East Coast, fires in Colorado, record high temperatures all over the country–what in the world is going on out there? Expand the view and we have wars, or potential wars, breaking out all over. One has to set back and wonder if these are not the birthing pains mentioned in Matthew 24:8. All the craziness… Some people think we are already in the midst of the end times, others believe they are right around the corner. I’m not philosopher, though, so I don’t claim to have any ideas about the end times.
However, I will say this: No matter if the end times are near or not, this is an era in which we need to go to our knees in prayer. Everywhere we turn, nations are rising up against other nations; storms and natural disasters are claiming the lives, as well as the homes; of countless numbers of people; people are ignoring the needs of their neighbors, so intent on their own sufferings. Our world is crumbling.
The New Testament emphasizes the need for prayer, both on a personal level, but also on an international level. 1 Timothy 2:1 says, “I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— 2 for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” Our governments need prayer now more than ever. With all the confusion, desperation, and pain, we need leaders that are under God’s will. We need the Christians throughout the world to unite in prayer, to do our part to overcome this adversity.
Satan is alive and well, and his influence is very apparent in all aspects of our lives. What are we doing about it? Are we seeking the Lord? Are we walking in the light? I know that I’m definitely guilty of being short-sighted more often than not. My family and our troubles weigh heavy on my mind constantly. It’s usually not until I catch a glimpse of the news (which I don’t watch/read often), that I reminded how desperately the world needs
our my prayers.
So, won’t you join me? We aren’t going to save the world on our own. We don’t have that ability. Our faith rests in God and our Lord, Jesus Christ. Why, then, do we not ask?