Just Do It!

In the face of last night’s tragedy in Colorado, what can I do?  It is so frustrating to stand helplessly by when you know people are hurting.  The moment I heard of the shooting on the TV news I texted my younger daughter Kelli to be sure she was OK.  She and her coworkers are broadcasting from Denver this week and helping with a local project.  Relief flooded through me the moment I read her reply on my cell phone.  Then i remembered the dozens of people who would not receive the A-OK from their children last night or this morning, and my heart helplessly grieved for them.  All I could do was pray…

Then I remembered a story about a young pilot who crash-landed his plane on a small airport tarmac.  At first he experienced excruciating pain and then he passed out.  Later at the hospital, an elderly couple whom he did not know, visited him in the hospital.  They told him they were watching his crash and  began praying for him to live and for relief from whatever pain he would experience.  Throughout the rest of his recuperation, which included burns and grafting, he experienced no measurable pain.  Remarkable? No, just God keeping His promises to His kids.

Since that day, I’ve made it a rule that whenever I learn of a tragedy or pass a car accident on the highway or hear emergency vehicle sirens, I begin praying for those involved.  I haven’t a clue how many individuals have experienced the effects of my prayers, but I do know God promises to answers the prayers of His children.  A favorite text of mine is Philippians 4:6,7 KJV, “Be careful for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which passeth all understanding, shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”

I admit I don’t understand the mechanics of prayer works, but I do know from personal experience that He does keep His promises.  This makes prayer the most powerful tool we, His kids, have in our arsenal of weapons against the demons of darkness.   So the next time you humbly say, “All I could do is pray,” remember that when you pray in faith, you really are doing the most any human can possibly do for another.  So when you hear of someone who is hurting, you know what you can do about it, so just do it!  Pray!

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