Reblog: The Reason I Don’t Pray for the Genocide in Iraq

I don’t have words to talk about the situation in Iraq right now, but I thought these were great thoughts from Jamie Jones and wanted to share them with you. May they inspire you to pray like they have inspired me. (P.S. Thanks to Austin Phillips for sharing this post via Facebook.) — Tiffany

The Reason I Don’t Pray for the Genocide in Iraq

The world is crazy.  It’s unstable.  In Iraq, Children, just like mine are being beheaded.  Can you even digest such loaded words when typed so simply?  Parents just like us are seeing their babies taken, torn physically apart and treated as worthless.  Dads, just like my Steven are being shot in front of their families.  Regular moms like me are being taken from their children’s arms, raped and murdered.  In the streets, in the parks… genocide is happening.

I am numb….

Russia is mocking our country with a cooky leader which seems to have no value for innocent life.  Planes with children are being shot from the sky.

I am numb…

Our country is honoring twisted, worldly belief systems while shaming Christian beliefs and subliminally making us question our very foundation as black becomes white and everything is grey.

I am still numb…

Crazy.  Looney.  This world is unstable.

I see leaders rising up saying pray for our nation, pray for Christians in Iraq, pray for russsssssia….yet…

I DON’T PRAY.  I don’t know how to pray.  I don’t even know what to say to the Father about the complete insane, unmentionable acts that are happening across the globe.  I can’t even let my mind go to what it must feel like to see your child’s body put to death in such a gut wrenching, cruel manner.

So I become paralyzed in my own inability to make a difference.

Here I sit in Tulsa, Oklahoma.  Here I sit in my comfortable home, comfortable car, someone cutting my grass as I type this and I let the kids have 10 minutes on an electronic device each.  How can I find such words that touch the heart of God for such a dark, heavy situation?

For a few days I have had Romans 8:26 just bubble up in my heart.  I have thought about it, meditated on it, looked it up in many translations.

And now I know WHY….

And the Holy Spirit helps us in our weakness. For example, we don’t know what God wants us to pray for. But the Holy Spirit prays for us with groanings that cannot be expressed in words.  Romans 8:26

Now I realize, I CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE.

>>>Read the full post on Jamie’s blog.

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