Prayers are always welcome and prayers are always needed. Prayers are never too late and prayers are never a foolish effort.
Regarding the terrible shooting in Las Vegas recently: (Las Vegas article)
I want to write a few comments. Once people began to hear about this terrible tragedy, people started praying. From my home to places, people and countries around the world, prayers were offered to God. People were pleading for God to hear and answer. Prayers during these tragic incidents are always the right choice.
The response by those who don’t turn to prayer is quite revealing about their inner person.
When Godly people pray they go to the only place where hope can be found. They go to the creator of life and humbly ask that he would spare lives which are growing weak. They pray for families who have been torn apart. They offer prayers for doctors, nurses, emergency responders, and for ambulances to arrive on time and traffic to clear before them.
People of faith who pray often know that many times their prayers won’t bring the results they hope for. Still, they put their hope and trust in a God who hears.
The Prayer of Faith
Is anyone among you in trouble? Let them pray. Is anyone happy? Let them sing songs of praise.
I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.
He will respond to the prayer of the destitute; he will not despise their plea.
Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.
Wes should pray when we are in trouble and even when we are happy. We should pray when things are great, giving thanks to the Lord. It should be as natural as breathing for the praying man or woman to look to God when things go bad.
We are instructed to pray with confidence that God will hear us.
Because we know He is a God of love he will respond to the destitute and broken individuals. It’s foolish to think no evil will come our way. We live in a shattered world. Evil is everywhere. When we cry out to God we admit our need for him and reveal faith which few people today still have.
The verse in Romans even tells us to have a joyful hope while we patiently wait in our affliction.
When outside voices mock people who pray it is sign of a bitter soul. Bitter souls lash out at others who still hope in God Almighty. The wicked man who shot hundreds of concert-goers was undoubtedly very bitter about many things. He chose his way to let the world know how bitter and evil his soul had become. Now others are exposing their bitterness too as they respond to people of prayer.
People hear about the God of love and wonder why he hasn’t stopped these tragic events. Our first step should be toward a mirror. We all should look at our self. An evil lies in all of us. Yes there is good in us, that is the vague remaining elements of the image of God he placed in us. But all of us have that tendency toward selfish acts.
When the hurricanes hit our shores, the earthquakes crumble our buildings, and the diseases enter our homes will we pray? Will we even know how to pray or who to call upon. We better because the calamities will not stop until all the evil is dealt with. God will handle it but he is patient. That time is approaching but not yet.
There are many more tragic events for us to come. We can continue to argue about who is to blame or we can look in a mirror and pray that God will change us. If the next tragedy hits your home–pray. There is only One God who is able to answer. Only One God who hears.
He that planted the ear,…. In the human body, with so much art and skill, in so convenient a place, so capacious of receiving sounds, and fitted it with organs suited for such a purpose:
shall he not hear? the atheism spoke in the heart, in the actions and by the mouths of such blasphemers of him; the hard speeches spoken against his Son, his person and offices; and against his Spirit, his being, and operations; and against his people, the saints of the most High; in short, all those blasphemies and evil speakings of God, of his tabernacle, and those that dwell therein: it would be monstrous stupidity to imagine, that that God, that communicates a faculty of hearing to his creatures, should not hear himself; for none can give that which they have not:
he that formed the eye: in so curious a manner, with such exquisite parts; with such fine humours, nerves, and tunics; so adapted to receive all objects, and take the impress of them in so wonderful a manner:
shall he not see? all persons and things, all the ways and actions of men; certainly he must: clouds, rocks, and hills, are no obstruction to him; the darkness and the light are both alike to him; his eyes are everywhere, and all things are naked and open before him: it is the height of madness and folly to think that that God cannot see what men are doing here below, who has given to men eyes to see the heavens above, and all their host; and in this so small a compass to take in the sight of the largest mountains, as well as the most minute things: since the seeing eye, and the hearing ear, are both from the Lord, it may be most strongly concluded that he hears all that is said, and sees all that is done, against him and his people; see Proverbs 20:12. A Heathen (c) could say,
“truly there is a God, who hears and sees all that we do.”