I noted at church this morning there seems to be more things to pray about than usual. We’re in one of those seasons that “casting our cares upon him” takes a little more time and effort, but seasons change and this too shall pass.
Pray for the people of Hatti, as well as those who will go there bringing relief and doing what they can to help. I know a group of church pastors personally who make regular trips to Hatti, and even now are gathering donations and preparing to go. Let’s ignore the Pat Robertsons of the world who claim this is God’s judgment, and mobilize to give aid and live out the Gospel. I don’t think Jesus would sit around saying “I told you so.” He touched the sick, ate with sinners, washed the disciples feet, and told us to do the same. We have blessed with much so that we can bless others.
Pray for the Internet Monk Michael Spencer. If you read his blog (most of my readers do) then you know what’s going on. Pray for his entire family and the ministry he is involved in. It’s the same ministry my wife and I are in; I knew Michael before I started reading iMonk. He’s not the only one ill at this time, and many people are stretched thin to make up for the absences. In spite of everything, pray that the Gospel message would go forth.
Pray for my family. My dad is undergoing chemotherapy for melanoma. There are three types of skin cancer, and melanoma is the most aggressive. His cancer has spread, and surgery was ineffective at removing everything. My mother is doing a lot to care for him, but at the same time has just lost a brother to cancer – a younger brother.
If you loose your faith when things get hard, it was not a very good faith to begin with. God still hears and answers prayer; we should be thankful he even listens to us when we pray. I’ve said before that he is not a genie in a bottle that pops out and grants wishes; Jesus never responded to the Pharisees demands that he show them another trick. He is however faithful and just, and has ordained the events of history. We should rest in the assurance that no matter how freaked out we can get, he’s got this.