It’s always a blessing to return home and embrace the love and comfort of friends and family. Yet today my heart is turned toward those we recently visited in Turkey and on the Syrian border; those who have lost their homes, their spouses, their sons, their daughters and all that they know. Shattered by the chaos of war and blinded by the pain and fear that encircles them, their hearts and minds are full of unanswered questions as they cry out in desperation to God. Sometimes in the midst of so much pain and suffering , it may seem difficult to know just where to begin or how to pray. And yet we soon recognize a deep ache in our hearts that cries out for God’s mercy, and a longing to see him heal His people and to gather the nations of the earth to himself. God is faithful no matter how we feel or how much confusion and chaos swirls around us in many of the nations today. May we stand together and pray for God to heal the nations, and strengthen His people. May we pray for all those in authority. May we pray for blind eyes to be opened, for many to see the power of our Lord as never before.
For times when it is difficult to know what to pray, we can trust these words as a place to begin, “The Spirit helps us in our weakness. For we do not know what to pray as we should, but the Spirit himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words.” (Romans 8:26 ) We are never left alone fending for ourselves, wrestling in worry, consumed with fear, or tempted towards hate. He continually reminds us that He is always with us. He reminds us that He will help us. He reminds us that He has not lost control, but has a plan, and that His purposes will prevail. He hears our prayers and knows our needs. There’s great power in uniting together, turning our hearts towards our Lord, and praying on behalf of one another.
Remembering today this powerful truth that God is where our real hope is found, not in our leaders, not in our economy, not in the condition of the nations today, or any other day. “…my hope comes from Him.” Psalm 62:5
May that same hope fill the hearts of the people of Turkey and Syria.
May that same hope fill the hearts of all people, of all nations, of all the earth.
(Revelation 5:13) Then I heard every creature in heaven and on earth and under the earth and on the sea, and all that is in them, saying: “To him who sits on the throne and to the Lamb be praise and honor and glory and power, forever and ever!”