In all the years I’ve supped with Jesus, a common dilemma many fellow Christians talk about is prayer. We’ve been taught not to pray in repetition, to pray selflessly, to use just the right words, and much more. Does lighting a candle or rubbing some beads really help to elevate the prayer up to God’s throne room? Is the point of prayer to make it travel heavenward or is it to help transform who we are as individuals? Does prayer get answered swifter if we kneel or lay prostrate on the floor? Will tears help God to hear our hearts better or should we pray silently in the closet? Is there a better way? Because the persecuted really need our prayers.
I know this, when our daughter was in her darkest moments, it didn’t matter to me how people prayed. I was just very thankful that loved ones were praying.
Now there’s a call to prayer for those suffering at the hands of terrorizing religious extremists. Regardless of what religion the victims practice, can we pray for them without prejudice?
And what do we pray for? Who do we pray for? When lives are on the line I want to make sure I’m not praying amiss.
How do we aim our prayers? Is there a specific target?
We naturally want to pray for the victims and their families, but how do we also pray for our enemies?
Can we pray they will witness true love and sacrifice? Shall we pray that these victims speak the words “I forgive you” as they take their last breaths?
May these terrorists realize that God is a God of love, not hate. Pray they witness deeply inspiring love that transforms them into new creatures.
Whether you pray with candles, beads, on bended knee, hand in hand, or shouting out towards the sea, just pray.
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