I’m a little ticked. I think you should be too. And I think there should be a lot more prayer going up from people like you and me. Here’s my international rant for the week:
Last week twelve people were killed and 58 were wounded when James Holmes entered a theater during a showing of “The Dark Knight Rises” in Aurora, Colorado.
All these emotions flood minds and hearts as America picks herself up and prepares to move on.
Of course we move on. That’s where healing happens—in the moving on after the initial shock passes. Right? Our attention turns to other things once our national grieving is over. Some of this is good. Some of it isn’t.
It’s the “how” of moving on that concerns me.
Have we become more compassionate because of this mass murder experience? Are we aware that outside our huge American borders there are smaller nations suffering horrific bombings and mass murders? Why do we choose to live in a bubble of self-focus?
I don’t know about you, but I get tired of watching the news only to see the newest diet fad featured or the latest gossip about a favorite celebrity.
Are you aware of the following recent events outside our 50 states?
July 24th: A bomb wounds 20 people in the Mexican resort town of Puerto Vallarta. The majority of the victims were in their 20s.
I was vaguely aware of the above international bombings until I looked them up on Google. Maybe I could use the excuse that I’ve been so busy this July that I haven’t been paying attention to the news. But that doesn’t cut it since I know about the “The Dark Knight Rises” attack in Colorado.
The evening news covered little, if any, of the above events. Unless you tune in to the international news on your cable TV, or closely follow international news on the Internet, you too missed these reports.
If you heard of them, how soon did you forget them?
I’m convinced that much of our spiritual legacy cannot be known until we walk Heaven’s shores. This is because our journey is in two worlds—the dirt of earth and the unseen realm of the spirit.
Prayer is the work of the spirit—by the Spirit, in our spirit, and through our vocal cords. But it touches the unseen things that influence the people who live and move on this planet of dirt.
That’s why we don’t forget. That’s why we pray. That’s where a spiritual legacy is built.
Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the Lord for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper (Jeremiah 29:7 NIV).
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: May those who love you be secure (Psalm 122:6 NIV).
I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth (1 Timothy 2 NIV).
What will your legacy of prayer look like?
What stories will you hear in eternity future of how your prayers made a difference?
Thanks for listening to me rant. I’d love to hear your perspective in the comment section below. Have a prayerful weekend, Susan
“Jesus likes it when we share.” -Adelaide, age 3: Pass this along to everybody and their brother. OK, maybe not everybody’s brother, but you know . . . all of your friends would be nice.