Good morning all-
I woke up this morning to the news of a football player killing his girlfriend and himself. What is happening in this world that men are killing the women they say they love and then killing themselves? Again, it is a lack of hope and faith in God. He left behind a 3 month year old child, grieving parents and family. No one could help him even though they tried. In one moment of bad judgement, two good people are gone and many are left behind with sadness and grief. That's all it takes, one bad night, one bad decision, one gun, one fist, that's it.
That's how fragile life is. We have to be praying and hoping that God will save our men. We must be petitioning for them and asking God to really show them their way. They are being attacked and unfortunately they are hurting themselves and those they believe they love. Anger is all around and so is murder. It's an epidemic of wide proportions and the only thing that will stop this craziness is for us to pray for them and lift them up.
In my head this morning a song keeps running through my mind, it's from Casting Crowns and I heard it the week before my mother passed away. It has stuck with me and now it's playing again, just like it did after she died, reminding me that peace on earth comes from God and good will of men can bring a nation back to life. The song is entitled, "I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day." If you haven't heard it, I suggest you listen. Longfellow wrote it after losing his wife and when his country was at war. In his mind, there was no hope and then he heard the bells on Christmas Day.
We are in warfare ladies and we must pray that souls will be saved this advent season. We must not rest with our prayers or petitions. We must be strong and courageous; we must call on the Lord and ask Him to bring peace to the middle east, to be in the homes of men that are angered and in a rage, we must pray for the pedophile, for the teenager getting recruited into a gang, for every boy and girl in the world. This fight is not just in the US, it spans the world. Every nation is facing a crisis of angry sinners with no hope. It's our time to get on our knees and ask God to bring Peace on Earth. He is the only way, the only one, our only hope.
John 16:24 NKJV:
Until now you have asked nothing in My name. Ask, and you will receive, that your joy may be full.
Romans 8:24 NKJV:
For we were saved in this hope but hope that is seen is not hope; for why does one still hope for what he sees?
Romans 15:13 NKJV:
Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
With every word of despair, there is a word of hope in the Bible. The Bible is the word and the word is alive. The stories and characters are real and they lived through some of the same things we are living through now. History repeats itself over and over again. Let's not be a statistic, let's be women that believe and have courage to say, "Jesus is the way, the truth, the light!" He really is all we need.
My prayer today,
O, Lord, I pray for those that are losing hope. The ones that believe violence and death are better than playing out their role here on earth. You know their names and You have counted them among Your people. Each one of us has a role to play and I'm asking that You give the power of the Holy Spirit to the women that are willing to intercede on the behalf of the broken, the downtrodden, the hopeless. We don't have to know their names, they are scattered among the nations, they are seeking something and we need to pray they find You. I'm coming before You today, asking that You would hold us, those that call You Father to the fire and convict us to pray for those that don't know You. Help us to be bold, to care for those we don't know and to find faith in the unseen. So many would say, "He can't be saved!" On the contrary, anyone can be saved that You wish to be in Your fold. I will believe that until my dying breath. Bless the nations of the women that are uniting for You. Hold us up, forgive us of our sins and light our paths. We thank You for every moment we are in Your presence, for every song You provide and for every time someone got on their knees and prayed for us. We thank You, In Jesus name. AMEN...