I sit here writing just hours after I heard the news of the terrorist attack in Nice, France. I just want to express the fact that my heart is so overwhelmed with brokenness over this world. Do we really have to live in fear of this happening virtually every month? On my way home tonight, I was reading the CNN report of what has happened. As I was reading I looked out the window and saw crowds of people, some of which I knew personally. Those groups of people were walking around at night playing Pokemon Go while 80+ people in France gave their innocent lives up to terrorism. My heart started to break even more because everyone is so caught up in drifting from fad to fad. I am not blaming anyone for the tragic event or trying to make anyone feel guilty for playing games. I just want to know, when are we going to get serious about the ownership of our lives? When are we going to stand up for what is right instead of falling the next big thing in culture? There are so many frustrated question running through my mind at this moment. I may not have all the answer to all of them but I do know we need change. I want to share with you how we can bring change together.
What you focus on increases. Doug Addison recently said, “If you focus too much on the demonic, that is all you will see. People spend way too much time on looking for demons instead of God’s angels.” I agree with him completely. For the Bible even says, “Come close to God, and God will come close to you..” (James 4:8) the action coming close to God involves making Him you complete focus. So what happens if our focus is not completely on God but rather on all the evil in the world today? I believe when we focus completely on the darkness around us without God in the picture we come into agreement in our comments about the situation. “The tongue can bring death or life; those who love to talk will reap the consequences.”(Proverbs 18:21) What is your tongue agreeing with? Are you blessing your Nation with your opinions? Are you setting atmospheres by your words for God to work through or are your cursing opinion advancing the agenda of the spirit of ISIS? What you focus on increases and your focus determines your speech. But if that be true where is the healthy balance of bringing justice to a dark world while at the same time not focus on the darkness that we are trying to bring justice to?
Prayer is the perfect balance between focus and justice. Prayer changes situations. As a college student in a small town in Hamilton, there is nothing I can do for Nice, France except pray to the one who delivered me from the darkness that has taken over that city. You see the only reason I am living a life of freedom and intimacy with God is someone decided to pray for me. God heard their prayer and answered. I may never know who it is that is praying for me, except the truth the Jesus is interceding for me, but I do know that my life is being transformed daily. What if you were the only one praying for this world? Would there be so much darkness taking over? Jesus taught the disciples to pray like this, “..Your kingdom come, Your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”(Matthew 6:10) First of all, if Jesus said this is the way to pray then He most certainly prayed this way. If Jesus prayed for God’s kingdom to come to earth how much more should we be praying for the same? Second, if Jesus had to pray for God’s kingdom to come to earth does that mean prayer determines the impact of God’s kingdom? In order to answer that mind boggling question we need to know what exactly God’s kingdom is. “For God’s kingdom does not consist of food and drink, but of righteousness, peace, and joy produced by the Holy Spirit.”(Romans 14:17) Are we seeing righteousness, peace, and joy produced by the Holy Spirit working in the world today? Are we seeing in it working in Nice, Paris at this very moment? This is why Jesus said to pray for the kingdom of God to come to the earth. The kingdom of God is righteousness. The kingdom of God is peace. The kingdom of God is joy. As stated in Romans 14:17 you might have to miss out on eating and drinking for the power of praying for the kingdom of God to invade the earth. Are you up for the invitation from Jesus? What if you were the only one praying?
When your focus is right and your prayers are bringing the kingdom of God then justice becomes the norm of our world. So today and everyday, join me in focusing on what is right, in praying for the kingdom of God to come to earth, and let’s witness justice all around us. For America. For France. For the sake of the world we live in.