As we look at our world today, we could get angry, frustrated, hopeless and even vengeful. What we tend to forget is that there is a much greater power that exists – a power that transcends all human understanding. It is the power and greatness of God. He is the One who created the world. He had nothing to do with messing it up, but because of His love for His creation and us, He had a plan of rescue. We have access to him in times of peril. We can ask for His help when we need Him the most. He will deliver us from the evils that surround us. Even though it seems that everything looks totally hopeless, He is there to lift us up – to encourage – to comfort – to heal – to understand – to answer our requests.
So, do we wait until there is no other choice but to pray? Do we feel we can control the mindless acts of a power-hungry dictator? Do we think we know the answer for injustices, unfairness or political intervention? Do we think we can go it alone? God certainly doesn’t need our words. He knows exactly what’s happening and has a plan to make something good out of it. Yet we try to involve ourselves in the solution. The best way to get involved is to turn to Him in prayer. He wants us to depend on Him completely and the best way to do that is to turn it over to Him. He, in His divine wisdom, has already figured it out.
Why is it when we come in prayer
We just don’t have the words to share?
The struggles still continue on,
Our hopes diminish and are gone.
We lift our voices, but we fear
That God’s too far away to hear.
We grow impatient and cannot wait
We think our problems aren’t that great.
Our ego soon gets in the way.
We think that we don’t have to pray,
But God knows all our needs and cares;
He wants to hear our inmost prayers.
He sends His spirit to our side,
To speak in words we cannot hide.
He goes to God to intercede,
In royal language does He plead.
So, take your troubles to the Lord.
Don’t worry over the right word.
He loves to hear from you each day.
Don’t feel inadequate – just pray!
POETRY BY KATHY BOECHER
Don’t underestimate the greatness of our God. He can part the seas. He can move mountains. He can deliver us from our sins. He saved a wretch like me. HE CAN DO ANYTHING!