The Power of Prayer
My heart is hurting in a way that is unexplainable. Every image and report of the victims of Hurricane Harvey has taken my heart captive, and I hurt! Is this the way you feel, is this the pain your heart endures for us every day?
It can be hard as a human to understand circumstances in which such massive destruction occurs like Hurricane Harvey. For some, it can consume them with grief, and others have questions that may go unanswered.
What do we do when our hearts hurt for the people in crisis? How do we get answers when we are filled with questions of uncertainty?
One of the most powerful weapons we possess requires no skills and no hard work. It can be done anywhere and at any time. By people of faith and people still searching for faith. It is not prejudiced; not unique to any race, gender, or social class. Prayer is free to all and accessible to all.
PRAYER! “ The Lord hears the needy and does not despise his captive people.” Psalm 69:33
God gave us the gift of prayer! It is a direct line to our savior; he wants us to pray. When we pray, we can pour out all that we feel inside of our hearts. It does not have to be pretty; it does not have to be long, it just has to be DONE!
Humans use prayer all over the world; it is a universal request in times of need. No one ever asks beforehand if they are believers before requesting for prayers. Prayer is the one thing that brings the world together in a time of need, and God wants to respond. He tells us that he wants to bless ALL his children in Matthew 7:9-12, prayer is a petition, and he wants to provide.
As believers, we should understand the power of prayer and use it freely. In 1Peter 3:12 scripture tells us “For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and his ears are attentive to their prayer…” As a follower of Christ, our prayer is that much more powerful; Again, God loves to bless His children, He wants to give all of Himself to us.
What do we Pray?
Pray for the survivors, victims, police, first responders, families, nurses, doctors, volunteers, and the list never ends. Get intentional with prayer, pray for a particular need. Pray for shelter or housing for the displaced. We can pray for resources like food and water, two things that are essential to life. Ask God for guidance as to what we can do or how we may help. For funding, ask to be a financial giver, if that is not an option, pray He multiplies whoever can donate. Bottom Line Just Pray, Pray, Pray, Pray!
Maybe we are sitting in the comfort of our home seeing all this unfold and feel a sense of relief knowing it is not us in that situation. It is effortless to be grateful when we are watching from the outside and not having to endure the actual truth of the situation. I am not saying there is anything wrong for feeling grateful in this moment. What I am saying is be honest about what we are thankful for, is it life or possessions.
We must humble our self and submit to the Lord, recognizing that at this moment we may have plenty, but we may one day have nothing.
Job 1:20-21 “ At this, Job got up and tore his robe and shaved his head. Then he fell to the ground in worship and said; “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave, and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”
We must be truly thankful, not for the material things, but life, and the breath, that is within us. Being thankful in Him, because we have EVERYTHING in Jesus.
Philippians 4:13 “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.”
The word everything in Philippians 4:13, is more significant than used for our own goals or material things. It says that you can do ALL things, breathing, walking, talking, etc. because of HIM. We can do everything through him because he is all that we have and all that we will ever need. He is our EVERYTHING!
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Additionally, we must remember that thankfulness should not be because we are not enduring the destruction of Hurricane Harvey. It is because we recognize and humble ourselves admitting that we are nothing without HIM.
Stop Praying For A Perfect World
When we come to God to pray for the survivor of Hurricane Harvey, we must stop asking Him why. We must stop praying for the world where tragedy does not happen or for the Natural disaster to go away. We must pray for God’s will and acceptance of his will. Our hope is not in seeing the end of suffering but in knowing we can enter His sanctuary.
“I am in pain and distress; may our salvation, O God, protect me.” Psalm 69:29
Life in Christ does not mean we will live free of destruction, evil, hurt, and even Hurricanes. It says that we recognize that though it is painful to experience, it is not done Alone and in vain.
We Give Prayers Life
Finally, live out our prayer, let us give it the life that it mandates! We must start living for Christ and others. Prayer provides life when we serve those that need to see Jesus the most. In whatever way we can, maybe we can’t go to Texas, but we can organize a donation party, group, or community project. We can go to our local shelter and help the people right in our cities. Another great way is organizing a bake sale to benefit those affected and beyond.
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I promise when we start to work toward serving we then stop us from living for our selfs and feeding our negative emotions. Serving will prevent us from questioning God, by empowering us to live the life God intended for His children. Then we will be a blessing to those that have no hope or faith left. We will be the image of a Loving, serving God!
Join His Vision, Put on His armor and fight the Good Fight! Take the first step and Pray!
Ways To Help Survivors of Hurricane Harvey:
Google: Donate to help, and Google will match your donation click here
Texas Diaper Bank: Helps people with small children Click here
The American Red Cross: We all know them, they are an organization that has helped millions. Click here
Texas Tribune Article on ways to Help: How to get (and offer) help for Hurricane Harvey Click here
Want to know more about living like a child in Christ? Check out my post on living and loving like a child.
How about you?
- How will you give life to your prayer?
- Are you in the middle of Harvey, How can I and my community help you?
- Tell me do you agree with my post? Explain why or why not?