The Mightiest First Step

It’s hard to turn on the T.V. or your cellphone and not notice all the pain, struggle, and despair our world is going through. The news is constantly breaking with the latest updates on the fires, the shootings, or the terrorist attacks abroad. Your Facebook and Twitter feeds get 30-40 notifications of social injustice, political antics, and the occasional Christian MEME telling you to “have a good day”. And finally, CNN, The Washington Post, and TIMES magazine, show you images of Syrian children disheveled and bloody in the back of an ambulance, homes burned from the ravaging fires, and animals and people displaced by the Louisiana floods.

It’s hard to stand by and watch these tragedies and disasters happen and you almost feel hopeless to do anything. I want to give my time, money, and resources to the effort and do as much as I can. But let’s never forget the powerful action of Prayer!

You see, in times like these, bowing our hearts in earnest and fervent prayer to the God of the universe needs to be the first step our hearts and minds move towards. By praying we are surrendering our wills to God and allow more of His will to be enacted here on earth. Ellen White says in Selected Messages 1:121, “More things are wrought by prayer than this world dreams of.” It is also true of the church. “A revival of true Godliness among us is the greatest and most urgent of all our needs. To seek this should be our first work”.

    In addition to prayer, we are commanded to be people of action in time of injustice as it says in Isaiah 1:17, “Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow.” The Bible also says, in Deuteronomy 27:19, “Cursed is anyone who withholds justice from the foreigner, the fatherless or the widow.” Nevertheless, the power of prayer, brings us into the very presence of God who will always listen. He is a loving Father who is interested when things are going well and when the deviations of life deal us devastating blows. When we feel like crying out, “God, where are You?” It is good to know that He is just a prayer away.

Let us remember the power of prayer! Let us be men and women of action! Let us take the mighty first step in daily falling to our knees in fervent prayer to God our Father for guidance in how to help this sin-stained world experience the hope and salvation we have in Christ Jesus.