Does God need me to pray? He does not need us to pray to keep Him on His throne, but He needs us to pray so His will can be done on earth and so we can be involved in His plan. Matthew 16:19 gives us a powerful prayer promise: “And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven; and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
By Teri Spears
Our earth is just a small star in a great universe. Yet of it we can make, if we choose, a planet unvexed by war, untroubled by hunger or fear, undivided by senseless distinctions of race, color, or theory. By Stephen Vincent Benet
“…For the world is mine, and all the fullness thereof’ (Psalm 50:12). What a statement! Our world is estimated to weigh 6,585,600,000,000,000,000,000 tons. It has a surface area of almost 200 million square miles. The Earth travels through space at 66,700 miles per hour. It is 70% ocean and 30% land. It is tilted at 23 1/2 degrees in orbit, which determines our seasons. Precision at its best! Perfection for a purpose.
In Genesis, God created our world. From nothing, He made something. From a thought, He formed a realm. Obscurity gave way to clarity and a planet was born. A place He loved, a place He nurtured, and a place He gave His only Son for a sacrifice.
“For God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish but have everlasting life. For God sent not His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved” (John 3:16-17). He loved and He gave. He gave so we could learn to love.
Our nation, nor our world, will ever be the same after September 11th. Indeed, we suffered a great loss on that day and a wound was inflicted on us collectively. An unsettled, unprotected feeling has come to rest across our nation. We feel vulnerable and violated.
These feelings are new to most Americans. Not many still live who survived Pearl Harbor. For this generation, war has never crossed over our borders. We have never experienced the emotional or physical damage this carries. We have been a protected people—a spoiled and pampered lot. A rich nation by comparison to the majority of the world.
The rest of the world has encountered far more of the ravages of war, starvation and fear of the future. We were a secure nation. Now, we know the fear of attack, the fear of what tomorrow’s news may broadcast.
Our compassion levels have risen. We can now feel for other nations that have been terrorized. With knowledge comes accountability—we must reach out in prayer and compassion to a wounded world. To whom much is given—much is required.