Published September 13, 2011
The following article was written following September 11, 2001. Ten years later, the world is much the same. People still struggle with circumstances and God is still faithful. Pray on.
On the way to the office, I pass quite a few churches. Most have signs in front giving little inspirational messages. One says, "Pray for America." Another says, "Pray for peace for all nations." Another tells us that God is still in control.
My favorite sign is in front of a Catholic elementary school. The sign simply says, "Pray without ceasing."
With so many needs in our world, this sign seems to touch my heart. I can't imagine the workers at Ground Zero in New York who continue to work amid the stench of death. What discouragement they must feel as they continue their efforts.
But every day people need prayer.
There are financial needs that threaten. The money won't stretch. Some have spent beyond their means and face collection agencies and bankruptcy. Some people barely make enough to keep food on the table or shelter overhead.
There are physical struggles. Within one family of our church, he is facing prostate cancer and she has breast cancer. It seems too much for one family to face at the same time. In another family, he is finally back to work on a fairly regular basis after an organ transplant. But, she is struggling and on oxygen after a bout with bronchitis. She needs a surgery but can't withstand it because of a heart problem. With a teenage son and younger daughter, they need prayer.
There are people who struggle against depression. Sometimes it becomes so debilitating that they don't even leave the house.
There are people positioned against other people. Whether on their jobs or dealing with violence in the streets, where is God in all this?
There are families that are breaking up. Parents and children are on opposite sides. Adult children struggle against elderly parents. Brothers and sisters are not relating. Parent fights parent and a marriage dissolves.
Yes, I like the sign, "Pray without ceasing." I want to keep putting it into practice. What will you do with it?
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