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An exhortation to pray

President Barak Obama
President Barak Obama
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The whole world is in shock at the news of the death of captured journalist, James Foley who was beheaded by the Islamic extremist group, Isis http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/19/world/meast/isis-james-foley/. As unbelievable as it sounds, the reality that barbarism exists is now real, upfront and center.

I salute an American citizen, loyal to his country and to his craft to report the news and the truth at the risk of life and limb. Through his life's work and death, the world sees what love and sacrifice looks like in a person. That is the stuff heroes are made of: courage, commitment, sacrifice, loving others, no matter the cost.

My heart is especially saddened for his dear family, in the midst of deep mourning, who are trying to be strong, in an unfathomable, unthinkable time. Foley family: my prayers are with you.

What does this mean for us who are Christians when such news as this shudders the mind and soul? What is our responsibility when we can't touch a family like the Foley's personally? Or what about the Brown family in Ferguson, MO who lost their son due to another senseless killing right here on our shores? We can pray and touch Our God's heart with our petitions for healing, peace and comfort for those who are hurting and so need the Savior's touch.

I was reminded of this listening to Christian radio that "real peace will only come when Jesus Christ reigns". He indeed reigns over the earth and will reign over the nations one day here on earth. We can pray that His peace would reign over Syria and Iraq; over Ferguson, MO and even over your community too. Jesus exhorted His disciples "to always pray and not faint" (Luke 18:1, King James Version, The Holy Bible.)

When we don't know what to do, we can call upon our God. "For the eyes of the LORD run to and fro throughout the whole earth, to shew himself strong in the behalf of them whose heart is perfect toward him", ( 2 Chronicles 16:9a., King James Version). "The LORD has established His throne in the heavens, And His sovereignty rules over all", (Psalm 103:19, New American Standard Bible).

I exhort you therefore to follow Our King's command. "Pray without ceasing", 1 Thessalonians 5:17. Walk in love. Don't give up praying.

God's peace and comfort by His Holy Spirit be yours through Jesus Christ His Son. Amen.