My heart has been breaking. It broke a little extra with the recent events in Paris. It brought me back to Aug 2104 when the first American died at the hands of ISIS, James Foley. My heart broke then and just continues to break. Why has nothing changed but only gotten worse? What is being done?
I’m helpless and it sucks. Or am I? I can’t control the government or make anyone stop ISIS. I can’t stop people from joining them. I can’t protect those in their path. I can’t take away the pain or suffering that so many are feeling at the hands of ISIS.
So what can we do? Pray, pray and pray some more. The power of prayer is unimaginable. It is bigger than anything we know. When we pray though, most of us are praying for those who have died, suffered, and were tortured. We pray for their loved ones, also the people in leadership positions and those risking their lives every day to protect and care for all of us. However, we have to go above and beyond.
We need to pray for the leaders of ISIS, the soldiers of ISIS, the suicide bombers and those individuals considering joining ISIS. We have to pray for the conversion of their hearts and souls.
We have to rise above them. Be bigger than them. We can’t let hatred win.
So while there is not much we can physically do to stop ISIS we can pray. We have to continue to pray and not give up hope. God hears our cries. God answers our cries. AND the best part is Jesus gets it. He lived the unjust torture. He felt the pain. God’s answers may not be the answers we are hoping for or looking for but he does answer.
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