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Length of Days - Search for Freedom

Monday, September 9, 2013


"You will hear of wars and rumors of wars, but see to it that you are not alarmed. Such things must happen, but the end is still to come." Matthew 24:6 (NIV)

I’m not political and I’m not apolitical. God has given me the dubious distinction of seeing many sides to an issue. The problem is, those who stand in the middle of the road can get run over. Jesus told his distant followers, and those who still follow him over two-thousand years later, war will be with us. And, if not war, then talk of war.

We love our children and our church families with their little ones. But, we also have a heart for the wee ones in the Mideast, Africa and other places where they can be injured or touched by war. I often say, "Thank goodness that I don’t have to make the decision to go to war or not get involved." We elect strong individuals who are trained and have the experience to know how and when war is unavoidable. But, what can I do?

Rather than carrying the burden of the prospect of war with me, as a follower of the Prince of Peace, I can pray for peace. I can ask the Lord to not tarry, but to hasten the day he returns and brings his love and peace to the whole world. Are we praying three times a day for the Love of God to rain down like the gentle mist of the morning and drench the fires of hate and war from our beautiful earth? Let us pray:

"Oh Father God, Lord of all and father of the messenger of peace, forgiveness and love, we bow before you in humble adoration of your goodness. May your son, Jesus, return to us and usher in the age of love and peace, that heaven may come down and become our dwelling place. We ask this day that you bless the entire world, the Mideast, the Far-east, as well as the West, with your pure love. May we breathe in holiness and finally exhale the bitter air of strife. Holy are you, oh God, and we long to bask in the glow of your holiness. Forgive us when we forget to pray, when we know that prayer is the answer. We turn our hearts and lives over to your glory, God. Let those of us in the middle, lead the way to your peace and love through our constant and never ceasing prayer. In the name of Jesus, the Christ of the whole world, we pray. Amen"

"God gives us stories that testify to His love. Let me tell you mine."
Copyright 2013 Doris Gaines Rapp
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