These days have been sad days. I don’t particularly care what political views you hold or what the color of your skin is – these past few days in the United States have been sad. When innocent people are killed because of the color of their skin or because of their vocation we should be sad. When a travel advisory is issued warning people of the racial tensions in our country, we should look around us and see what we can do.
We all are called to pray for our leaders and for our nations. Now, more than ever, I believe the United States needs prayers, as does Europe with the migrant issues, as does Syria and Turkey and Iraq and all of the nations of this world. Each nation is battling something and it is our responsibility as Christians to pray.
“I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness.” 1 Tim. 2:1-2
But as a friend and I were discussing there is more we can. I believe prayer should be the first thing we do but it shouldn’t be the only thing we do. We should be interacting with our law enforcement and letting them know that we appreciate what they do. We should be getting to know our neighbors and talking to strangers, regardless of the color of their skin, sexual preference or socioeconomic status. We’re called to live by higher standards, which means rising above these things and recognizing them for what they are: spiritual battles.
“For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.” Eph. 6:12
Our enemy isn’t our neighbors; our enemy is satan and you can bet that he is loving this upheaval that is occurring worldwide. It’s not just limited to the United States or the Middle East – it is a global issue and all of us are called to action, so please pray for your country and then go talk to strangers, make friedns and encourage them. I’ll leave you with words from Jesus, that they might comfort and encourage those who are hurting:
“Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” – John 14:27
If you have a specific prayer request, please leave it in the comments. ❤