I didn’t change my facebook photo to the French flag this week. Not because I’m not praying for Paris, but because for me, this is a global issue. If there was a photo like that with an image of the Earth, I would change my photo to it.
I remember the exact moment I heard about ISIS. I was standing in my kitchen making dinner and I got a very uneasy feeling in my gut. The first thought to cross my mind was, “If this thing does not get dealt with, there is nothing stopping it from spreading across the entire earth.”
The truth is, the world is actually a very tiny place. I have a biblical worldview that makes it even smaller in some ways. I believe the Church is the body of Christ, and no matter what continent we live on, we are all one body. The scripture tells us, “when one part of the body suffers, every part suffers with it.” To me this means the person facing persecution in Paris or Turkey or Iraq is a part of me and I am a part of them. Their suffering is my suffering and vice versa.
Certainly, God sees the world as one whole. Having a worldview that encompasses His viewpoint will help us intercede in an effective manner. When tragedy strikes anywhere in the world, it should affect us as if it was happening in our own town. Just because someone doesn’t speak my language doesn’t mean we’re not connected in an eternal way.
It’s time for the Church to come into clarity about her position before the throne of God. We are not called to be a weak body. We are destined and created to demonstrate our God-given authority. We have been given access to the throne room of Heaven which is the best place we can intercede from.
As we connect with Him in that secret intimate place, He will give us revelation in how to pray effectively. If you are unsure of what I mean by this, try this simple exercise:
Turn on some worship music and either sit or lay down quietly. Close your eyes, and use your imagination to picture Jesus. Put your focus on Him and allow His presence to invade your mind, will, and emotions. Once you are in that secret place of fellowship with Him, simply begin to ask Him how He would like you to pray. You may be amazed at what you hear and the results you will see!
Ask the Lord to give you His heart for the Nations. The attack on Paris this week was not just an attack on Paris. It represents an attack on all of us. When evil like that happens, it happens on a global level. Let’s not use it as an example of our political beliefs, whatever side you are on. Let’s ask God what He has to say about it, and what our response in prayer needs to be.
Tragedies like this could very well increase in the coming days. Arguing and blaming will not help. Turning our eyes toward Heaven and getting an idea of what God has to say is the place to start.