He’s got the whole world in his hands. He’s got the itty bitty babies in his hands. You may have sung this song as a child – a reminder and promise that whatever comes your way, you can trust a BIG God to take care of it and you.
It’s hard to imagine your personal, intimate God who loves you and cares about everything you’ve brought to him during this time of prayer and fasting is the same One who set the stars in place. Named them too. The Earth orbits the sun by his hand, the same gentle hands that tell the children to come to him.
Poverty, world hunger, climate change, wars, economic failure, corrupt officials, Dictatorships, Communism. The world needs people like YOU, calling up to heaven, petitioning for heaven to come down.
Today, pray for those who are elected to serve our democracy. Elections in both state and federal governments will occur this year. Pray for the right leaders to fulfil the offices required to move our country forward. From local to national, their burdens are heavy and they need wisdom and strength to serve with integrity.
Pray for world leaders and nations divided. Ask for God’s protection and hand upon children less fortunate than yours who live in tumultuous places. You may never visit those lands but from your lips to God’s ears, you can affect them.
“Be a good citizen. All governments are under God. Insofar as there is peace and order, it’s God’s order. So live responsibly as a citizen. If you’re irresponsible to the state, then you’re irresponsible with God, and God will hold you responsible. Duly constituted authorities are only a threat if you’re trying to get by with something. Decent citizens should have nothing to fear.”Romans 13:1-3 (MSG)
Our world is groaning with the sufferings of war. Entire nations are collapsing under corrupt leadership; millions of children starve while we gorge ourselves, gluttonous. Oppression – a word to describe the weight under which some women still live. Natural disasters ravish entire communities and many will never recover.
The list goes on.
If you were born in a first world country with paid work, unlimited food at your fingertips and emergency services just a phone call away, you might find it easy to look past the rest of the world’s problems. Yours is shiny and safe.
People facing economic hardship, fewer opportunities and less freedom are equally loved your Heavenly Father. Remember the less fortunate. Ask Jesus to show up in their lives.
As you continue to fast, pray for peace in the world where it’s absent. Lift up the nations both near and far. Pray for their leaders. And thank God for your many blessings.
“God holds the high centre, he sees and sets the world’s mess right. He decides what is right for us earthlings, gives people their just deserts God’s a safe-house for the battered, a sanctuary during bad times. The moment you arrive, you relax; you’re never sorry you knocked” (Psalm 9:7-10 MSG).
If you’ve been watching any world news, you know we are living in interesting times. Instability in various nations around the world, changes in leadership, and uncertainty seems to be the overriding noise in our ears. Romans 13 reminds us that all authority which exists has been established by God. The Apostle Paul admonishes us to be “good citizens” under that authority.
Part of our civic duty as Christians is to pray for our local, state, national and international leaders. The problems they seek to solve are not black and white. They are complex and varying and we must lift them up and ask God to intervene with his sovereignty and love in every situation. Pray for safety and wisdom. Ask God to help leaders to lead with humility and grace.
“The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.” (1 Timothy 2:1-3)
If you have ever been around pre-school kids, you know they are full of questions. Their minds are always turning and thinking and they are SO LITERAL! I get the most joy out of chatting with my four year old daughter lately. She is very clever and NOTHING gets past her. A few days ago, we were driving and she said, “Mum, is Australia bigger than the world or is the world bigger than Australia?” I laughed as I tried to give her a geography lesson and I was hit with some deep revelation.
In her mind, Australia is everything. It’s home. It’s school. It’s church. It’s family and friends. Shopping and eating, sleeping and traveling. Her whole universe is what’s right in front of her. It’s hard for her to imagine anything bigger than her “WORLD!”
The sphere we live in is much smaller than the actual Earth, isn’t it? I realized as I explained how big the rest of the world is to my sweet girl that nothing outside of her reality really mattered much. She sort of looked at me with glazed over eyes and moved on to the next topic.
As adults, we are very similar. Oh, we might understand geography and topography. We might know demographics and populations. But our worlds don’t go much beyond what we experience each day either.
Think about it… if you’re like me, your prayers mostly revolve around your own issues and needs. Your schedule revolves around your priorities. Your conversations are always about your life. It takes a conscious effort to actually think about something other than yourself. To remember
THE world is so much bigger than OUR PERSONAL world.
I’m encouraging myself today to think about something other than myself! Let’s all do it and make THE WORLD a better place!
Praise the Lord, all you nations;
extol him, all you peoples.
For great is his love toward us,
and the faithfulness of the Lord endures forever. (Psalm 117:1,2)