|In Uganda, being gay is now a crime punishable|
by life in prison. Pray for the gay citizens
of Uganda, and for a change in the law.
(Photo: BBC, Reuters)
It seems impossible. Growth where there has been destruction? Success where there has been failure? Good where there has been evil? Something coming out of nothing?
It seems impossible. A job falls apart. A marriage falls apart. A nation falls apart. If God is good, what role can God possibly play in this situation?
Yet God mourns with us. God suffers loss with us. Even impossibility is no barrier to God's grace.
The words are nice, but in the moment, they can be of little comfort.
|In South Sudan, political infighting has spiraled into|
violence that threatens civil war. Pray for the citizens
of South Sudan. (Photo: BBC, Reuters)
If we don't pray, how will we sustain our relationship with God? There is no human relationship without communication, and communication involves some amount of caring work and occasional sacrifices of our own immediate desires. Why should it be any different with God?
If we don't pray, how will we come to understand how much we care? If I don't pray for the needs of the world, I may well just forget the needs of the world.
And so Zechariah gives us God's words: "Even though it seems impossible to the remnant of this people in these days, should it also seem impossible to me, says the LORD of hosts?" Today, let's listen for God's voice, let's watch for God at work, and then let's go join in that work with comfort and joy.