I don’t pretend to know much about what’s going on in the world. But I know enough to realize our world is very broken. It always has been, but recently, I feel like our brokenness is showing more than ever.
I don’t pretend to know much about prayer. I don’t understand how it works, but I know it works. I’ve seen it. I don’t understand why the sovereign God of the universe asks us to pray, but I know He does.
When the whole world is severely splintered and disintegrating right in front of us, it’s hard to know how to respond. It’s difficult to know what’s actually helpful. This I know, even though I don’t understand, we are to pray.
We pray for the world. For all the places God’s image-bearers are sitting in terror, hurt, and confusion. We pray for the impossible. We pray for healing. We pray for peace that would completely pass understanding because how could peace be understood here? We pray for comfort. We pray that somehow, there would be a stillness in their terror, some sort of salve for their hurt, a bit of clarity for the confusion.
We continue praying for the impossible. We pray the people of God would rejoice in their sufferings, remembering that these sufferings, while unimaginably horrifying, are temporary. We pray the rejoicing will lead to endurance, because endurance eventually leads to hope. Hope that will not disappoint. Hope. The impossible. We pray.
We pray for forgiveness, grace, and mercy to find their way into the hearts of so many. We pray love will win battles and not just the war. We pray that swords will be turned back into plowshares, that weapons will be laid down.
We give thanks for those who are sacrificing their lives to provide aid. We give thanks for those who are working diligently to tell the stories, change the laws, heal the wounds, and share the love of Christ. We thank Jesus for them. We pray they will somehow be in encouraged in the middle of the overwhelming disappointment.
We pray most of all for two things. For, somehow, in a way only He can accomplish, God will get the glory—that lives will turn to Him. And we pray that He will come quickly to heal this broken world and set things right and new and beautiful again.
In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.