In light of this week’s troubling news, it’s encouraging to know that followers of Jesus can actually influence world events.
IT’S NEWS TO ME
|Iraqi people burn a U.S. flag and a picture of U.S. President Donald Trump in a protest after an airstrike at the headquarters of Kataib Hezbollah militia group in Qaim in Kirkuk, Iraq:December 30, 2019 (photo credit: REUTERS, AKO RASHEED)|
SETTING OUR MINDS ON THINGS ABOVE
Partnering with God in 2020
If this week’s news stories are any indication of what 2020 will bring, we’d better buckle up and prepare for a bumpy ride. Are we approaching the days of “wars and rumors of wars” as warned in Matthew 24:6? Possibly. Does it look like the situations In North Korea, Iraq, Iran and Syria will worsen? Probably. These are only a select few of the world’s hot spots. If we are where many “prophecy experts” think we are, the evil that permeates our world is only going to intensify. Israel and the United States, as well as Jews and Christians worldwide will be the prime targets. Here at home, the freedoms we take for granted will come under fire.
This isn’t what we want to hear, but we need to be prepared. Most of all, the Church needs to start acting like the Church, utilizing the world-changing power that resides within its individual members. It’s time for Christians to take seriously their responsibility to pray God’s will into existence, not just for our private little worlds, but for the entire world. God had something infinitely great in mind when He planned the system of prayer.
To step into our responsibility to pray for our world, we must first get beyond a common hang-up. We know that God only answers prayers that are according to His will. We’re also aware that we can’t bring any “new information” to Him and He doesn’t need our ideas. So, why bother praying?
To answer this important question, imagine that you have a safety deposit box in a bank vault. In the box are your most valuable possessions and important papers. The banker has a key and you have a key. Neither key alone will open the box. Both keys must be inserted. When they are, all the treasures inside become available. Prayer is like one of those keys. Heaven holds the key by which decisions governing earthly affairs are made, but we hold the key by which those decisions are implemented. The bottom line is this:
This applies to world affairs as much as to our private little worlds. Once we understand our responsibility to pray God’s will into existence, we must learn to see everything from His perspective. What’s important to Him must become important to us. If we pray according to our personal desires, we will likely find ourselves at odds with God’s plans. My point is that true children of God can actually influence world affairs, but we get so wrapped up in our own perceived problems that we seldom even consider our role in bringing God’s will to earth, especially in world affairs.
Yes, Satan is currently the god of this world, but he is no match for the power residing in Jesus Christ, through Whom everything was created, including Satan. All authority in heaven and in earth has been granted to Him (Mt. 28:18), and He now resides within every one of His true followers. Let that sink in.
ON THE LIGHTER SIDE
I started out with nothing, and I still have most of it.
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