Sometimes prayer seems futile.
It’s hard to imagine things actually changing when we voice our concerns to God and ask him to fix what’s wrong. Because sometimes we’ve prayed and seen exactly zero results.
That friend keeps going under with their addiction. The cancer doesn’t go away. The better job opportunity goes to someone else. The baby you long to hold in your arms isn’t here. The husband leaves.
As I mentioned in yesterday’s blog, I’m not super optimistic about the future of our nation. And even in praying, I am not convinced God will intervene. We are run by a godless government; as are most nations. And by godless I don’t mean countries aren’t bound by religion. Some are. But I don’t know any nation who honors the God of the Bible and lives under his authority. Individual people? Yes. But as a whole, not even remotely.
If you’re a Christian, this shouldn’t be surprising to you. The events unfolding have already been written. I didn’t really expect to live through some of them, but here we are.
This world is groaning under the weight of brokenness, heartbreak, fear, and disappointment. Evil people hold seats of power. The truth is, everything is not going to be okay. Not here. Not while the hearts of people are turned against God and set on evil.
Those who belong to God have two choices. We can hide in our houses or in our Christian bubbles and wait for the rapture. Or we can pray for God to use us during this time to reach people with the good news of the gospel. We can have courage and joy and peace no matter what comes. We can keep being the church.
Rubber, meet road.
It is not useless to pray. We just need to align our prayers with the will of the Father. And we know his will by knowing his Word. Sometimes he does answer our prayers for healing, or for restoration of marriage, or for that new job! But his main goal is not for us to be comfortable and self-sufficient. It’s for us to realize God exists, that he loves us, and that we are utterly lost without him. His goal is for us to come to him in repentance and faith. His goal is to save us.
His word says this world is not our home. It says we are in spiritual battle constantly, day and night. It says we do not fight against flesh and blood, but against demonic forces. I know, even crazier than yesterday, right?
We pray for people to be saved. We pray for the courage to stay faithful to Jesus no matter what. Look at Afghanistan. The Christians there are being hunted down by the Taliban. We are not promised safety and affluence in this world. We are promised God will be with us every step of the way.
One day evil will be no more.
But that day is not today. Probably.
Stay in the fight.
Keep looking up.