The devil has peeked his cowardly head out of hiding once again to remind us that he is still here.
As is common lately, he used a desperate, fear-filled man who he knew would scream the battle cry of Islamic extremists as he ran from the scene of dead and injured bodies. He picked a man who was already sick: an easy target.
He chose the man he wanted to be his scapegoat. A religion that he wants to be the target of our warfare instead of him.
Its time we stop letting the real enemy hide behind the hurting people of this world as we blame them. It’s time we wage war against the spiritual forces instead of each other.
Are you angry that people are dead, and so close on the heels of the last tragedy in Vegas? Good. Me too. But that anger, if it is truly righteous, belongs to the Lord and vengeance is His alone. So harness up all that adrenaline… you’re going to need it as a prayer warrior.
Oh, you’re not a prayer warrior? That’s fine. Now is a good time to become one. You don’t even need to be great at it! Just start praying because, Lord knows, we need more Christians who are willing to do battle this way. Who are willing to go the extra mile and pray for their enemies.
But it’s going to take some grit.
This life of grace is a marathon. Change that lasts does not come quickly, and our God will not build something that is temporary. His is the ONLY kingdom that is everlasting. The only thing we can hang our hopes on and commit our lives to that will surely have impact for generations to come.
Now grab your Bible, read again about that forgiveness you received, and hit your knees to pray for that man who killed people today. Pray for his family. Pray for Jesus to reveal Himself in all this and to be glorified. Pray for those Muslims you want to blame it on.
Pray, cry, and be filled with hope.
We do not grieve like others. Let Christians be known today for that grace which we have been given in such abundance. For that “Amazing Grace” we sing of.
May the world find peace at the foot of the cross as we lead them to it… in action… on our knees. This peace and grace of Christ is the only thing that will heal our nation and our world.
I am praying with you.