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Our Family In Crisis {World Help Friday}

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Every second Friday of the month, World Help Bloggers unite in prayer regarding specific issues around the world. We lift our voices to God asking Him to lead our hearts, our words, our giving, and to simply help us be the hands and feet of Jesus on earth.

I lead that prayer, and each time I do, I find myself feeling pretty small and insignificant, incapable of causing a dent in the issue. Every second Friday of the month you’ll find me at my laptop pleading with God to give me words concerning causes that feel so far from what I know or understand.

Because in my day-to-day, I’m not experiencing terroristic obstacles and oppression. I’m not facing violence so great it causes me to flee for my life. All I can do is ask God to reveal His heart to me. His heart for others. His heart for the oppressed. His heart for the hurting. His heart for the lost. His heart for mercy and compassion, truth and justice.

Friend, I know it’s difficult to wrap our minds around the crisis that’s occurring in the Middle East. I know it’s hard to see the photos, hear the news reports, and truly take it all in. But maybe, maybe God’s not asking us to understand. Maybe He’s just asking us to ‘see’, to ‘care’, and to ‘act’. Maybe He’s asking us to be His expression of Love here on earth–to be agents of love, hope, and peace in the midst of a very turbulent world.

Here’s where I’m taking steps of faith…

Join me in prayer, yes?

It’s where we stop to breathe, remind ourselves of the Sovereignty and Power of God, and refocus and realign ourselves to God’s kingdom agenda. There is power in prayer and God’s called us to partner with Him for that which is on His heart.  The fervent prayer of the righteous availeth much!

Dear Lord, we humble ourselves before you this morning. The crisis in the Middle East increases every day and we’re left wondering how we can use our lives, voices, and influence to “alleviate the suffering of Middle Eastern families”. I’m reminded that influence comes from you. Pastor Billie said on Sunday that any influence we try to get on our own means is simply manipulation. We understand that manipulated hearts might look at the cause for a moment, but what this world needs is the holy influence of Your Spirit causing full-on heart transformations.

Start with us, Lord. Rip out the hardened and calloused hearts and replace them with hearts of flesh that beat at one with You. Forgive our indifference. Forgive our ignorance. Forgive our lack of initiative. We stand before you, a body in desperate need of the fire of the Spirit to be lit up within us that Love himself would shine brightly through us. Compassion and mercy, truth and justice flowing forth like the rushing waters of a waterfall, forcing open the dam of debris and stagnancy that’s been our heart.

Lord, for the Syrian people who are being tormented and terrorized, rise up like the Mighty Warrior you are!

For the women and daughters who are being brutally raped and abused, rise up!

For fathers and mothers, fearfully fleeing for their very lives, rise up!

Bring justice. Be a towering fortress. Push back the forces of darkness and put an end to the violence. Be a refuge. Deliver out of the hand of the cruel man.

The enemy of the Syrian people increases, they pursue them because they think there is none to deliver them. We know that in the midst of our deepest sorrow and grief, Your light shines brightly. Use this time in history to draw the masses of Syrian people (and others) to You that they might find that their hope, deliverance, and salvation come from You!

Show us the part we are to play in this crisis. Show us what it looks like to be the hands and feet of Jesus here on earth. That one day when we stand before you, we, too, might say…”‘Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? When did we see You a stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?’ And Your response be, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.’

Thank you because I know you hear us, and I know that you move on behalf of the prayers of the righteous. We pray these things in Jesus’ name, AMEN!

Join me learning more about the crisis, yes?

Visit our Middle East Refugee Relief page.

Learn about our threefold continued vision at World Help for serving in the ongoing crisis in the Middle East in 2015 and beyond: Rescue, Restore, Rebuild.

Read some of the stories.

Watch this video:

Then join me in action, yes?

The task at hand seems insurmountable. Yet, God’s not asking us to do the impossible. He’s asking us to look at what’s in our hands. He’s the God who takes our little and multiplies it. He’s the God of impossibilities. He’s the God of the miracle. There are so many ways in which we can act. A simple gift of $35 provides a refugee with food, relief supplies, medical attention, educational support, and rehabilitation. Or find more ways to give, fundraise, and connect your church {here}.

Join me as together we offer help for today and hope for tomorrow!

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© 2016 Darlene Collazo | {In Pursuit} My Quest

Comments

  1. Such beautiful prayer Darlene. Thank you for the reminder that true compassion takes action. This is a time for the church to live what we preach. It’s a time to love like Jesus.

  2. I agree!

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