“Sorry, I have too much on my plate right now…”
“I’ll get back to you…”
“Let me talk to my husband/my wife first…”
“I’m too stressed…”
“I’m working on a hobby…”
“I have a course to finish first…”
These are only a few of the answers I’ve been getting lately. Some people don’t even bother to return my messages.
Have you asked anyone recently if they would be interested in praying?
The current affairs in this world should be enough to impel most of us to come crashing to our knees, fervently petitioning the Lord for help.
Instead, to my great dismay, I am finding more resistance, avoidance and excuses than I’d ever believed possible.
I know some people who are offended with me, but I’m not sure why. Instead of coming to me, as Matthew 18:15 indicates we should do, they ignore me when I ask if we can talk about it, or pray together.
This may afford them some temporary relief. I get it. No one enjoys confrontation. However, the net result is that we all miss out on the opportunity for insights, growth, redemption and Godly reconciliation. In other words, how can I learn if no one will talk?
More sadly, we miss out on the power that unity can bring, to come into agreement in prayer.
The enemy is having a heyday folks, in causing disunity, division, and disconnection.
Instead of being a powerful prayer community, I am seeing more and more distancing, distrust, and lost opportunities. Oddly enough, there is also an epidemic of loneliness. Could there be a correlation?
Someone else recently said to me that I had become “too much of an activist, and I should focus on doing what the Lord has called me to do instead.”
I pondered the wisdom of this statement. While it is true, we all need to spend focused and intentional time in obedience to our callings, the other side is true as well. We can usually find some time in a day to do both, if we are purposeful about it.
We are living in unprecedented times. The mainstream media is having an absolute heyday in suppressing balanced news reporting. We have censorship in our social media platforms like never before. Many of us would rather not know that there are independent news companies reporting a very different narrative from what they generally hear. The world is groaning in distress. It can feel too disturbing to face. I also get that.
However, if we don’t pray, who do we think will pray?
If we don’t take the time to repair relationships, and offer each other the gift of Godly redemption, then who loses?
We all do.
Folks, it’s time we were honest. Times aren’t getting easier. If we continue to avoid opportunities for growth and reconciliation, we also destroy any potential for the power in unified prayer.
We need all of the prayers, and the Godly unity we can get, today and in the days
Please, let’s come together.