Jumpstarting Sluggish Prayers – Earth-Shattering Shout
Key Bible Verse: God says, “At the time I have planned, I will bring justice against the wicked”. – Psalm 75:2
Bonus Reading: Revelation 6: 10-11
Many of the students in the makeshift little Ugandan Bible school lived with horrendous reminders of what they’d endured during the murderous reign of Idi Amin.
Some of these pastors of village churches were missing an eye or an arm. Several had bulging red scars from deep machete wounds.
The professor was lecturing from Paul’s first letter to the Thessalonians, in which the apostle is teaching about Christ’s return to reign forever in glory, wiping away every tear and setting straight every injustice.
A student’s hand went up when he came to Chapter 4, verse 16: “The Lord himself will come down from heaven with a commanding shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet call of God.”
“Yes?” said the professor.
“What will the Lord shout?” the man asked softly.
The professor didn’t know what to say. Yet the accumulated suffering of the students in that classroom seemed to demand some kind of answer.
What will the Lord say when he finally humbles all his enemies? “I don’t know,” the professor admitted. “What do you think he’ll shout?”
A student’s voice came from the back: “I think he’ll shout, ‘Enough!'”
That’s a good answer. Justice will come when God’s inexplicable wisdom and love have determined that there has been enough suffering for the sake of his name.
—Ben Patterson in God’s Prayer Book
Adapted from Prayer Power (Revell, 2009)
Prayer for the Week: Dear Heavenly Father, help me to pray more consistently, more fervently, and more selflessly.