In the world but not of it

February 25, 2010

Pray first…

Filed under: Uncategorized — In the world but not of it @ 5:00 am

I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth. 1 Timothy 2:1-4

The founder of the Salvation Army, William Booth, once said in response to a question regarding God and the state of the world “In answer to your inquiry, I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost, Christianity without Christ, forgiveness without repentance, salvation without regeneration, politics without God, and heaven without hell.”

Nearly 100 years later we live in world that very much describes this. Yet with all the challenges we face today in a fallen world, God’s plans have not changed. He still desires for people to be saved and to come to Him. He still has the same plan and process in place.

Unlike the world, which changes its mind and mood frequently about the important issues of life, God never changes and is not moody or emotional when it comes to saving souls.

If we consider the trials in our lives today I would suppose that at least one of them involves another person. Perhaps it is our boss or co-worker, family or friend or even a Christian brother or sister. The Lord’s instruction to us is clear and has remained the same since the Bible was written; pray and intercede for others.

God does not want us wasting time in anxious thoughts about how others have offended us or how they have been insensitive or just plain irresponsible. The people in our lives need prayer. The owner of your company or the person you report to in life needs prayer for salvation, or if they are saved then for wisdom and for love to honor the Lord in all they do.

The power of prayer and the opportunity to intercede for people is one of the most neglected of all Christendom especially in the century we live in and the one we just came out of. The enemy has us focused on how people have treated us rather than what they really need. We look at their sin instead of their need for salvation.

Why are we so surprised when people act the only way they know how? We are shocked at their worldly behavior as if we never did the same. Oh, that the Lord would have mercy to convict us and improve our spiritual vision to see their needs and to have a heart of prayer.

I once read a quote by Helen Keller that I found to be so true about the condition of people, a condition that describes us all…

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.” – Helen Keller

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