“Devote yourselves to prayer, keeping alert in it with an attitude of thanksgiving; praying at the same time for us as well, that God will open up to us a door for the word, so that we may speak forth the mystery of Christ, for which I have also been imprisoned; that I may make it clear in the way I ought to speak.”
Colossians 4:2-4 NASB
I have been very troubled, as have many of my fellow Americans. We saw the act of wanton inhumanity, as one man choked the life from another. We are struck by the reality that racism still exists. It was like a mirror was held up and we didn’t have the option to look away. Some of the people reacted to the murder with rage and rioting as cities are now burning. Worn down by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, we are weary and hopeless.
Many believers are beginning to pray. There is little else that we can do, but we can pray. Last night I saw a crack. A small one, but a crack indeed. Two Des Moines police officers, one black and the other white, knelt down and began to pray together. In that moment they were injecting the divine into the anger and sin that had consumed the city for the three days.
The door was ajar.
All my prayers, all my tearful petitions. and all those of all the Saints, has risen to the One who could bring change. God has His people everywhere: some of them are dressed in blue. These two took to their knees, to seek the Lord and to honor George Floyd. That gesture was used by God to manifest, His presence and His working. The crowd dispersed soon after. This spiritual war is not over, but God is working.
We cannot rest on the glory of that moment, we cannot rise from our knees. We should not only seek the end to the situation, but also seek change. Lasting change comes only through the transformation of lives, only possible through salvation in Jesus Christ. We, the body of Christ, must continue to pray for the young people, for the peacemakers, and the clergy who are entering in to do the lasting work. We also need to pray for our own opportunities to share.
Many of us have young people at home who will be going out into the world. They will face the choices and will make decisions that determine how they will treat others. Pray for the parents, some of home need the same transformation in their lives, that they do not transfer the sin of hate.
Last night, we saw an opening. Let us pray that God continues to open hearts. Believers, let’s present our hearts to the Lord, let us be transformed and cleansed of the hate that had so contaminates
all that we say, and do.
The door is ajar. We can either close it or open wide. Pray that the Lord move on us to glorify Him, and be the people of Jesus.
THE PRAYER CHAIR IS OPEN! Send me your requests!