Over the last couple of weeks, evil has dominated the headlines in America. Innocent lives were taken by shooters in California, Texas, and Ohio. This level of evil shocks our conscience making us ask “why” someone would do such a thing and “how” a human being could do something so horrific.
While we make our own assumptions and listen to the so-called experts give their opinions, we will never have rock-solid answers that settle our minds, because this depth of evil can’t be comprehended. We simply can’t make sense of something that will never make sense.
So, what do we do?
It’s no surprise that when evil rears its ugly head, the words “thoughts and prayers” start permeating the airwaves, dominating social media posts, and are repeatedly spoken from pulpits across our great nation. People of every faith believe in the power of prayer. It gives them hope and strength during tragedy that otherwise can’t be handled.
Prayer unites people and crosses all cultural boundaries. Unfortunately, some politicians, journalists, and celebrities are trying to use the words “thoughts and prayers” to divide our nation even further. They say that they are tired of “thoughts and prayers” because those are just words not backed by action. This rhetoric is exactly what’s wrong with America.
These people are using their influence to minimize and tear apart something that is held sacred by every faith in this world. Prayer mends hearts and soothes minds. When we pray, we are calling on God to help us and bring change to our broken world. We are giving Him control of the situation.
Yes, we must also take action to stop evil from destroying our society. Faith without corresponding action is dead. (James 2:14-26) We must stand up to evil and work together to prevent it from infiltrating our country. However, this cannot be done if our nation’s influencers are condemning and poking fun at “thoughts and prayers.”
Once again, we ask ourselves…so, what do we do?
Pray. Don’t let anyone strip you of your fundamental beliefs that are the foundation of who you are and why you believe that you exist. Continue to believe in the power of prayer and pray for those that speak against it. While these naysayers may influence our world, our God has authority over all existence.
God Bless you and the United States of America.
Enjoy this teaching by Pastor Jentezen Franklin about the “Power of Prayer”…