OK, so I’m obviously focused on prayer,it’s one of the basics I’ve listed and have talked about, but while taking advantage of using Logos 4 today, and it’s awesome home page feature, I was reminded of an area of prayer we, as the Church universal, so often forget. We forget to talk to the Lord about the bad things happening, especially those bad things not in our lives. And we often do ask the Lord to do anything about them. The funny thing about that is that the Bible is chock full of examples of what we should do . Today I was reading Psalm 79:1-9
1 O God, the nations have come into your inheritance;
they have defiled your holy temple;
they have laid Jerusalem in ruins.
2 They have given the bodies of your servants
to the birds of the heavens for food,
the flesh of your faithful to the beasts of the earth.
3 They have poured out their blood like water
all around Jerusalem,
and there was no one to bury them.
4 We have become a taunt to our neighbors,
mocked and derided by those around us.
5 How long, O Lord? Will you be angry forever?
Will your jealousy burn like fire?
6 Pour out your anger on the nations
that do not know you,
and on the kingdoms
that do not call upon your name!
7 For they have devoured Jacob
and laid waste his habitation.
8 Do not remember against us our former iniquities;
let your compassion come speedily to meet us,
for we are brought very low.
9 Help us, O God of our salvation,
for the glory of your name;
deliver us, and atone for our sins,
for your name’s sake!
The above is obviously a prayer, Asaph is telling God of the troubles he is seeing and both calling on God to judge the nations and delivering Israel, God’s people. How often do we pray about just the general problems in the world and request God’s intervention? Let’s say you don’t like the direction the courts have been taken with respect to the definition of marriage? Have you prayed that they Lord God would change the hearts of those who are making these judicial decision? Have you prayed that the Lord would punish them for their Godless deeds. If you haven’t prayed these things, then why should you be surprised with the direction the world has been going in.
Note that while often prayer requires action, remember too that you are not the hand of God, nor shall you ever knowingly be such. That means if you pray for judgement on the wicked , which you should, that doesn’t give you the right to execute judgement on the wicked. Vengeance is the Lord’s, and the Lord’s alone. Deuteronomy 32:35 makes this clear:
35 Vengeance is mine, and recompense,
for the time when their foot shall slip;
for the day of their calamity is at hand,
and their doom comes swiftly.’