Tomorrow (Wednesday) I’m inviting everyone who reads this to fast and pray for the many needs we are witnessing around the world, including here at home. It’s easy to be overwhelmed and disengaged amid media reports of wars, and disease, racial and ethnic conflict, and corrupt governments, but Believer, you are anything but powerless to bring change! The prayers of the righteous avail much.
- Pray for our Christian brothers and sisters being persecuted to the point of death in Iraq and Pakistan.
- Pray for unity, neighborly love, and peace in Ferguson, Missouri and the entire United States.
- Pray for the citizens of Israel and Palestine.
- Pray against the ebola plague in West Africa.
On one hand Scripture tells us that we are citizens of heaven. And yet on the other, it describes us as residents of this earth. Jeremiah 29:7 tells us to “Seek the welfare of the city where I have sent you into exile, and pray to the LORD on its behalf; for in its welfare you will have welfare.” The best evidence of being a citizen of heaven is making a difference on earth.
There is evil in this world that loses power when we fast and pray. Prayer is not the only thing to do; but without it the other things to do always fall short.
Is not this the fast that I have chosen? To loose the bands of wickedness, to undo the heavy burdens, and to let the oppressed go free, and that ye break every yoke? Isaiah 58:6