I’ve seen many Christians respond by saying…
How beautiful. How awesome. How great is that. Prayer is wonderful and I want you to fully understand I believe in the power of prayer.
But right now the church needs to pray… and listen to God.
We serve a God who calls us to the uncomfortable. He’s been known to call us to a different path rather than an ordinary life. He’s been known to call us to drop everything, praise Him, and love on our brother and sister in need.
When I was in fourth grade and evacuated for Katrina, I had a lot of people telling me they were praying for me. That was sweet. But what I remember more is the people who would give me a hug. The teacher who pulled me aside on the first day of my temporary school saying, “Miss Grace, if you need ANYTHING let me know.” For goodness sake, I even remember American Eagle giving us a discount because our zip code was in the effected area.
There were a lot of people who were praying for me. But those who bore the fruits of the spirit and had hands and feet in the image of my Creator stuck with me. Because of their kindness, compassion, empathy, and generosity I desire to always be a more generous and loving person.
This world stinks. Crap happens. Hurricanes come. Storms steal our homes and suddenly we find ourselves on our knees wondering why. Why bad things happen to good people? Why God allows madness to go on? Why doesn’t he just FIX IT?
And I like to think God asks why we don’t fix it.
Why don’t we help?
Why don’t we donate money to organizations helping in the city we can’t go to at this moment?
Why don’t we bear the image of our Creator?
Yes, listen to God. Wait on what He calls you to do. But make no mistake, He has already called you to love your neighbor. He has already called you to serve in the community. He has already called you, to when the waters get tough, look towards Him.
My girl Martina McBride sang some lyrics I sung in my head during Katrina.
“You can spend your whole life building, Something from nothin’, One storm can come and blow it all away, Build it anyway.”
Christians. We are called to build the body of Christ. Satan is here trying to knock down our hope and blow away our “lives.” However, while Satan is destroying our worldly possessions the Lord is asking those who know Him to remember that what they are building in Christ is something that will never be blown away.
We do this through prayer. And we do this by using our hands and feet, finances, and even your nice boat you use during fishing season to bear His name. Because what those people suffering will remember is not your tweet. Yes, tweet inspirational stuff. And say prayers. But now more than ever the church needs to donate our finances, time, service to make Jesus’s name known during this storm.
And may we remember that even though the storm is strong, our Savior walks on water. He is above the fierce waves and is present in times of trouble. Let us do our best through being there and praying and tangibly helping to remind those in the storm that HE IS LORD. Let us bear what Christ would do in these moments.
Because love is a verb and so is prayer. Prayer is an action that leads to wisdom. And I promise wisdom would tell you that you can help in some way. Whether one dollar, one thousand, or one hug.
LOOK FOR WAYS TO HELP. Check out NPR’s article about how you can help. Pray and then allow prayer to stir your heart into love.
“If one of you says to them, “Go in peace; keep warm and well fed,” but does nothing about their physical needs, what good is it?” James 2:16
“22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of him to the other side, while he dismissed the crowd. 23 After he had dismissed them, he went up on a mountainside by himself to pray. Later that night, he was there alone, 24 and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it. 25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. 26 When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear. 27 But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.” 28 “Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.” 29 “Come,” he said.Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30 But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!” 31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” he said, “why did you doubt?” 32 And when they climbed into the boat, the wind died down. 33 Then those who were in the boat worshiped him, saying, “Truly you are the Son of God.”” Matthew 14:22-33
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