I originally planned for this blog to be about the importance of praying over your own children. However, with the present state of our country, limiting our prayers to just our children seemed too miniscule.
Prayer is a powerful thing. Why do we tend to only pray for those directly connected to our life and situations that only directly impact ourselves?
Selfishness keeps us in our own bubbles.
This year, God has really pushed me out of my comfort zone and has asked me to pray for people and situations outside of my own reach and small circle. He recently called me to intercessory prayer, which I knew very little about prior. I truly believe each one of us is called to intercede for others.
Now more than ever, we need intercessors. Our world is currently so broken. My Facebook feed is filled with conflicting opinions. Honestly, as a Type 9 personality (peacemaker), it is rough to read. My insides just scream, “Can’t we all just get along?”
Reading stories from my African-American friends about oppression they have faced in their life on top of seeing real life photos and videos, I have cried so many tears over the last weeks. I know my emotions are nothing compared to the centuries of emotions my African-American friends have faced.
Then I see riots, division, hatred from ALL sides. It has been like serious information overload, and my anxiety has risen.
Then it struck me. How does all of this make God feel? What is the Holy Spirit trying to tell God’s people to react to this?
So many times in church you hear, “Lord, break our hearts for what breaks yours.” (Psalms 28:7)
This. This situation breaks God’s heart. When you allow the Holy Spirit to grant you discernment, you will feel what God is feeling. He hears the cries, and the only way He can heal the land is through each one of us.
“if my people, who are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14 (ASV)
First and foremost, we should be praying for our hearts to be changed, for God to search our hearts. If you are not willing to let change into your heart, you will never be able to change the world around you. Because hard truth, you are just as sinful as those you are trying to call out in this time of division.
“Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalms 130:23-24 (NIV)
Secondly, we need to be praying for this hurting world. Sin is the reason we are here in this position. We need to be praying for revival in this country. We need to pray for unity, peace, and God’s love to reign in hearts.
So while I was originally going to write and encourage you to pray for children (yes, still do that because our children need to create a better world than we have), I want to encourage you to pray for the whole world. Pray to feel what God feels. Learn to lean into the Holy Spirit to intercede during this time in our country. Prayer changes hearts, and hearts turned to God are filled with love, and that love changes the world.
Break our hearts for what breaks yours, Father.