A question posed by the Watchtower for issue 1 of 2021. It is an interesting discussion for many who aren’t certain if there is a God.
However, why do we pray at times like this when we know that individuals will die during this crisis. Globally the the vaccine will take considerable time to reach the poor and most vulnerable. So when we are praying to God are we asking for special privileges over everyone else?
As a Christian I look to the bible example of Jesus and focus on what he taught us to pray for.
- That God’s name – Jehovah, YHWH, Yahweh – be sanctified.
- God’s will be done on earth
- God’s Kingdom comes
- then all of the other things
So what are we praying for at this time?
Personal relief from the situation? or should we be looking at the bigger picture?
There is an indication for us in Matthew 24 and Luke 21. Note what Jesus told his Apostles about the last days or End Times – verses 10,11 – Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.11 There will be great earthquakes, and in one place after another food shortages and pestilences; and there will be fearful sights and from heaven great signs”.
He makes a clear point that there a series of clear indicators that we are facing a real challenge of faith. Matthew 24: 12 “and because of the increasing of lawlessness, the love of the greater number will grow cold.13 But the one who has endured to the end will be saved”.
So we are praying for endurance!
Note the Apostle Paul’s words to Timothy in 2 Timothy 3: 1 – 4 “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here… lovers of pleasures rather than lovers of God, 5 having an appearance of godliness but proving false to its power; and from these turn away”.
We are praying for God’s kingdom!
The only source of true hope and relief today is explained in the Bible. How relevant is it’s message? How real are it’s promises?
Study the Bible for yourself. Let it speak to you. Test it and challenge the evidence because God’s Word is alive and speaks to each of us. It is written because God is looking to see a healthy, happy and peaceful society, who respect each other, love without confusing the meaning of the word and express God’s purpose through the hard work we put in.
We all need to read the Bible regularly, think deeply about it and look at the key life lessons we can apply.
It will surprise many that someone who loves the science – physic’s biology, the origin of life and understanding existence that I can be convinced that God Created everything, personally, I have read and studied aspects of evolution, from Darwin to Dawkins but both start with the same presumption – there is no GOD!
Everything exists by chance. The only way for each of us to make these personal conclusions is compare and contrast. Look at what is really happening and then ask can I trust someone who starts in life with the same knowledge base as myself and has to learn everything or something that has stood the test of time?
Anyway, stay safe, pray for endurance and for God’s Kingdom, his will to be done – now!
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