Praying for Paris???

Over the past week I have occasionally played a game with our 2 boys, Peter and David. Not a complicated high-tech computer game, but the simple and fun game You are then a circle floating through space that gives you a name of your own making. While floating you eat other smaller rounds and become bigger and bigger. The largest round wins.
Last Saturday, many of those rounds were suddenly given the name “Pray for Paris”. This call also appeared countless times on Twitter and Facebook.

What I find striking, even strange, is that we are suddenly calling for prayer en masse? Are we in the rich West such seasoned prayers? Do we have so many Christians in Europe who are comfortable talking to God? Why do we suddenly have to pray now, while as Dutch and Europeans we have been structurally leaving the church for years? Would this call really make people pray? I honestly don’t think so!

Perhaps the proverb “Necessity teaches prayer” says something about this? The proverb book explains: “In times of need, one learns to ask others for help.” Despite all our knowledge and capabilities, it always turns out that sooner or later we need help. This is a recurring situation throughout history. When things are going well we don’t need God, but when things get exciting we come back to Him.

Every generation thinks again that the emptiness in our hearts can be filled with beautiful things, big houses, nice clothes, computers, money and so on. How good it is that God knows us better and knows that we always need Him. Sooner or later we all discover that we long for a complete fulfillment of that empty inner world in our soul. God makes everything work together for good, Paul writes in Romans 8:28. He will see many people searching for Him again through these exciting times. Looking for meaning, looking for answers, looking for love.

I hope that a call to prayer will make people think again and encourage them to look outside ourselves instead of within ourselves. Therefore, as followers of Jesus, let us pray for people in Paris, pray for people around the world who are living in fear and pain, pray for Muslims, pray for our neighbors and those around us, so that they may long for the full fulfillment of their emptiness. God will be able to provide that fulfillment!

Dear Father You see our fear and sadness. You see the emptiness in us when we live without You.
We need Your palpable love and presence.
May the emptiness in our hearts become palpable.
So that we may seek and find You.
You say that Your love casts out every fear.
Thank You for this great power.
Thank You for Jesus who is the Bridge between this emptiness and its intense filling.
Reconnect us with Yourself during this time so that we will know that we were made to belong to You, to live with You, to love You.
In Jesus name, Amen.

About Gerlof Wiersma

Man van Margreet - Vader van drie kanjers - Jeugdwerker, spreker en gepassioneerd voor de PKN

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