The Bishop's Corner

Keep Praying

Bishop Clarence Williams Jr
So the question is, "What do you do when you do not know what to do?"

Sometimes life has a way of throwing a curveball at you that you were not expecting to happen: a loved one diagnosed with a severe illness, an unexpected financial hardship, an unscheduled deployment, job layoffs, a decline in business income, divorce… and the list goes on and on; and that's just in your personal world.

 

You turn on the television only to hear about the foolishness in the world, the political crisis, concerns of the economy, social unrest, leadership scandals, nations at war or on the verge of war, slaughtering of the innocent, epidemic of deceases around the world, suffering and agony of many hurting people… and the list goes on and on.

 

These are the times you wish you had a magic wand to correct all the wrongs in the world and make everything right again; to stop all the suffering in the world and end all wars. But there are no magic wands that can fix mankind problems. So the question is, "What do you do when you do not know what to do?" I have learned in my days of crisis to never stop praying.  Praying to the God of Heaven and earth is what has strengthened me to face life's fast curveballs and get base hits that kept me moving forward, and eventually brought me to home plate.

 

In the Gospels, as I observe Jesus' prayer life, He never stopped praying. He prayed before He chose His disciples, He prayed at Lazarus' tomb, He prayed in the garden of agony knowing the suffering He would soon face, He prayed on the cross, He prayed before He died, and He prayed after His resurrection.  Even now, He sits on the righthand of the Father making intercession for us (still praying). No matter what challenges in life He faced, His prayers never ceased.  As a believer in Jesus Christ, who never ceased to pray, so should we continue praying, having Him as our example.

 

Please join with the millions around the world as we call out to the Lord in prayer for our city, state, country, and nation.  There is power in prayer, and there is power in numbers. 

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