Turn­ing to God in hu­mil­ity, trust

Times-Record - - Religion - By TER­RENCE NI­CHOLS

“If we ever needed the Lord be­fore, we sure do need Him now.” So says an old tra­di­tional Black spir­i­tual.

In Luke 18:1, Je­sus shared a story that teaches that rather than de­spair­ing or giv­ing up, peo­ple should turn to prayer when there is a chal­lenge or sit­u­a­tions where divine help is needed, or where hu­man ef­forts have failed.

It is now that time, a pray­ing time in our homes, in our com­mu­ni­ties and across Amer­ica.

It is time for the peo­ple of God, what­ever name, de­nom­i­na­tion or la­bel, to stand up, look up, kneel down and call on our God for the help we so ob­vi­ously and des­per­ately need.

And con­sider please, if we are not go­ing to turn to God in hu­mil­ity and trust now, we should at least turn to Him in des­per­a­tion. We sure do need His help and we need it now.

We should pray for peace. Pray for do­mes­tic se­cu­rity. Pray for elected and ap­pointed of­fi­cials. Pray for the de­feat of in­ter­na­tional and home­grown ter­ror­ism. Pray for a stop to po­lit­i­cal grid­lock in Congress and in our state houses. Pray for a re­turn to godly liv­ing and an end to the mount­ing vi­o­lence that is de­struc­tive and threat­en­ing to our Amer­i­can way of life. Pray for a re­turn to good man­ners in all ar­eas and lev­els of our lives, in­clud­ing home, school, streets and Congress.

2 Chron­i­cles 7:14 as­sures us, “If my peo­ple, who are called by my name, will hum­ble them­selves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will for­give their sin and will heal their land.”

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