What Can I Do?

“What can I do?”  This question is one I often ask when hearing people’s stories of sorrow and struggle.  My good friend David Chrisman wrote about this very thing in his blog this morning.  Maybe you often ask the same question?

This morning my devotions covered I Samuel 6-12, Psalm 37, Proverbs 31, and Hebrews 7. The prophet of God, Samuel was asked by God’s people, “Do not cease to cry out to the Lord our God for us, that He may save us from the hand of the Philistines,” 7:8.  When I read those words such peace flooded my soul.

Maybe you ask, “Why did you need peace?”  The fact is I have a broken heart for those in the family of God who are facing tough times.  I truly want to help in any way I can.  I often think, how can I get money to our missionaries at home and abroad.  I often think, how can I help that family through a tough spot in the road.  How can I help those going through cancer?  How can I help my brothers and sisters who face the worst of circumstances in their family life?

I admit, sometimes I almost collapse under the weight of it all.  In those moment I feel so useless and I asked myself, “What can I do?”  In those moments,including this morning, God always reminds me the most important thing that will impact all of these things is intercessory prayer.

Brothers and sisters, “There is power in prayer.” God blessed Israel because of Samuel’s faith to submit himself to God daily in prayer.  Paul writing to the Romans, “I do not cease to pray for you,” 1:8.  The writer of Hebrews wrote, “Jesus lives to make intercession for us,” 7:25.  If our Savior and one of the greatest Apostles prayed without ceasing so must you and I.

I want to encourage you to get on your knees with a prayer list and begin to intercede for those who are suffering.  I want to plead with you to get on your knees and pray for the masses of people headed to hell.  I want to implore you to get on your knees and pray for the missionaries around the world.  I want to challenge you to get on your knees and pray for the different people groups of the world, that the gospel would penetrate the darkness.

Sadly enough, while we are trying to figure out what to do we could have been doing the most important thing.  I promise you this fact, “If your day is without prayer you can be assured it will be without power.”

Samuel made a bold statement in I Samuel 12.  It is a statement that I am claiming for my life and the life of the faith family I lead, “Moreover, as for me, far be it from me that I should sin against the Lord in ceasing to pray for you; but I will teach you the good and the right way,” 12:24.

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