We Have Hope For Peace And Restoration In Christ, AMEN!
It may sound cliché, but I love the phrase, “covered in prayer.” I always picture the morning after a snow storm, looking out across the roads and rooftops sprinkled with snow, from parking lots to individual branches on a tree, everything has been touched by snow. I hope to lead the kind of life where everything has been touched by prayer. The path before me, what lies behind me, the people I influence, and the ones who I let influence me. To the one who is struggling to find God in the rubble – start with a simple plea: Lord, I want to come home. For those pleading on the behalf of others, remember these words spoken to me by a wise friend, “You can listen to it, you can speak into it, but you don’t have to hold it.” Don’t let the burden of this heartache weigh you down, Jesus wants to take it from you. It’s ok to let Him.
While the importance of prayer cannot be stressed enough, don’t just leave it at that. God has equipped us for every good deed (2 Timothy 3:17), He has urged us to be doers of the Word, not just hearers (James 1:22), and our faith without these works is dead (James 2:14-26). If you feel trapped in sin, and have cried out over and over again to a God who seems oblivious to your struggle – maybe it’s time you put your faith into action. Seek out restoration, ask a friend for help, make a plan and stick to it. If you are struggling with a loved one who seems trapped in a cycle of bad choices, waste no time in speaking the truth to them in love. A well placed word, coated in love, and covered in prayer, could just be their saving grace.