Taking Big Problems to a Big God
I don’t know about you but I have felt overwhelmed recently as I pray for tragedy after tragedy. When the tragedy is of human design, shootings, crime, political or corporate fallacy, I often find it easier to engage in asking God to help those who have been impacted. I can pray for families and those involved as I picture their faces and circumstances and hurts.
But sometimes it is a tad bit overwhelming as we pray for those impacted by natural disasters. Those impacted immediately can number in the hundreds, or thousands, or tens of thousands. Those impacted later and for long term can be either double triple or even ten times the number originally impacted. In those instances do you we pray for days, weeks, or years?
There are many still reeling from the impact of hurricane Katrina and the earthquakes in Chile and Haiti even though some time has passed since those events. People are still homeless, infrastructure is still trying to be established…there is still so much to do. It seems like I was just settling into praying for New Zealand when Japan was hit by the earthquakes and following tsunami.
It helps me to remember that our prayers are heard by a loving, merciful God Who is able to do exceedingly abundantly more than we could ask or even imagine; and that while I am grieving over these instances God grieves the loss of every man, woman, and child that has ever walked the face of the planet; that He feels their pain and their loss; and that He loves each and every one with a never ending love.
I would ask that you try not to be overwhelmed by the need for prayer, but just be a person who prays…and know that if we, who are called the children of God, ask anything in His name…He hears us.