I am unique, God make me great and there is no one else like me
I can do all things through Christ Jesus
I will always follow Gods plan for my life
I will have goals to accomplish
I will let my light shine through my excellent attitude, excellent behavior, and excellent words
I will give and receive respect
I will live a healthy physical, spiritual, and emotional life
I will surround myself with positive people
Recently I heard these words regarding the state of our world today from Pastor Rick Warren. It really resonated on multiple levels. So I wanted to share it here.
“In today’s society,
materialism is idolized,
immorality is glamorized,
truth is minimized,
sin is normalized,
divorce is rationalized,
and abortion is legalized.
In TV and movies,
crime is legitimized,
drug use is minimized,
comedy is vulgarized,
sex is trivialized,
the Bible is fictionalized,
churches are satirized,
God is marginalized,
and Christians are demonized.
The elderly are dehumanized,
the sick are euthanized,
the poor are victimized,
the mentally ill are ostracized,
immigrants are stigmatized,
and children are tranquilized.
In families around the world,
our manners are uncivilized,
speech is vulgarized,
faith is secularized,
and everything is commercialized.
“Unfortunately, Christians, you and I
are often disorganized and demoralized,
our faith is compartmentalized,
and our witness is compromised.
So what do we need?
We need to revitalize our worship,
minimize our differences,
mobilize our members,
and evangelize the lost,
and we need to re-energize our families.” – Rick Warren
I was recently notified of a friend who passed away after a long health fight. I’m saddened of their passing, but more saddened for their family and those that were dependent on this person for living and other life realities.
One of the things that occurred to me after I was told of this person’s passing was that they actually sent me an email and asked me to just remember them in prayer and to lift them up anytime I thought about it.
I am SO thankful that I didn’t simply dismiss their request. I prayed for them. I actually stopped, paused, and intentionally prayed – interceded – for them.
I’m very thankful for this because there are enough other examples in my life where I actually had to repent and apologize because I didn’t pray for the person. I didn’t honor their request. Either I dismissed their prayer request as rhetoric or got distracted or forgot or didn’t take it serious or just brushed them aside.
And now with social media, it is so much easier to simply reply, ‘praying’ or “I got you” when we don’t really mean it or we respond only as a figure of speech.
I’m not sure about you, but a prayer request is a big deal. Why? Prayer is a big deal. God is a big God. And when the two (God and prayer) connect, big things happen!
I don’t have to list the thousands of biblical examples nor do I have to list all of times that God has answered my prayers to prove that prayer works. As a matter of fact, prayer is so powerful that it is almost one of those things that God dares us to do. It’s as if God says, “I dare you to pray and see if it works.” I’m not sure where you are with it, but I’m a believer that it works. I’ve experienced it myself.
So, because prayer is such a big deal, I just wanted to caution you – it may not be wise to simply dismiss a prayer request. If you can’t pray, pass the request along to someone who can. If you can’t honor the person or their requests, be honest about that. If someone on your social media needs prayer and you won’t remember, don’t respond. BUT if you do respond, if you say that you’ll pray for someone, if you keep the prayer request – just pray. It’s a big deal.