Ajar

“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

Ajar

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!

One thought on “Ajar

  1. It is exciting to hear that you see hope for society today. Sin is an even worse pandemic the COVID-19.
    I was just pointed to This psalm by an online pastor. So thankful for God’s word!
    Psalms 5:1-12 (ESV) 1 To the choirmaster: for the flutes. A Psalm of David. Give ear to my words, O LORD; consider my groaning. 2 Give attention to the sound of my cry, my King and my God, for to you do I pray. 3 O LORD, in the morning you hear my voice; in the morning I prepare a sacrifice for you and watch. 4 For you are not a God who delights in wickedness; evil may not dwell with you. 5 The boastful shall not stand before your eyes; you hate all evildoers. 6 You destroy those who speak lies; the LORD abhors the bloodthirsty and deceitful man. 7 But I, through the abundance of your steadfast love, will enter your house. I will bow down toward your holy temple in the fear of you. 8 Lead me, O LORD, in your righteousness because of my enemies; make your way straight before me. 9 For there is no truth in their mouth; their inmost self is destruction; their throat is an open grave; they flatter with their tongue. 10 Make them bear their guilt, O God; let them fall by their own counsels; because of the abundance of their transgressions cast them out, for they have rebelled against you. 11 But let all who take refuge in you rejoice; let them ever sing for joy, and spread your protection over them, that those who love your name may exult in you. 12 For you bless the righteous, O LORD; you cover him with favor as with a shield.

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