Pastor's Corner

28 Feb
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Mid-Week Challenge

My son and I are big fans of the Marvel Movie Universe.  Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Guardians of the Galaxy are among our favorites.  I’m always intrigued when I see a story about one of these movies or the actors in them.  Today I ran across a great article on Chris Pratt.  He has been open about his Christian faith and about the struggles he has had in his split with his wife and how his faith has brought him strength through these hard times.  Pratt gained attention this week after tweeting his support and prayers for the recovery of friend Kevin Smith, another actor.  Smith had been hospitalized following a heart attack.  Most responses to his tweet were positive but there have been several negative ones.  “Prayer does nothing.” Wrote one critic, “Only doctors and nurses and how healthy he is will save Smith. Sending him encouragement might boost his mood and aid in the healing process.” “That's cool and everything but Doctors and nurses save lives not prayer,” wrote another.

James Gunn, who directed Pratt in the Guardians movies, came to the defense of Pratt and others who do find comfort in prayer. Gunn said in a tweet, I think people misunderstand the backlash against ‘thoughts & prayers,'” Gunn stated. “There is nothing wrong with sending someone positive thoughts & prayers. But when this is coupled with inaction when action will benefit the situation, it’s empty.”

With all of the backlash surrounding the recent high school shooting in Florida that came from people saying they were tired of the “thoughts and prayers” and no action toward resolving issues, people have become more outspoken concerning those who do mention prayers in their words of support.  In many of these cases nothing more can be done than to pray.  It is unfortunate that some in our culture are coming to the point where they feel prayer is ineffective and they are given a public platform to voice this opinion.  Some have met Christians who do not follow up their prayers with action, but in most of these cases those Christians can do no more than pray.  

I know our nation is hurting now and Satan continues to find ways to further divide us, but what Christians know is that power is in the One we are praying to, not in our ability to eliminate the effects of living in a fallen world.  The very reason we pray to God is because we know that He is the only one who can do something in most of these cases. However, we must be aware and active in what we can do when praying for all things.  In a lot of these situations we are the instruments of God’s grace, mercy and healing.  My prayer is that we don’t miss the opportunities God sets before us and we never grow tired of bringing our cares before the Lord; when we know there is nothing we can physically do but especially when we know we can.   

Pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

Serving the Savior 

Bro. Jonathan


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