Praying for Our Neighbors: A Flat World

Thomas Friedman wrote of how our world has become “flat.”  Without doubt our lives are becoming increasingly inter-connected and inter-dependent. The suffering in Libya screams out at you every time you put gas in your car–we share this tiny planet. In the coming weeks the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will rock our world through delays in the deliver of the technologies we have come to depend upon while a cloud of radioactive matter circles the globe.

Some are predicting the end of the world on May 21, 2011. In light of recent events I suspect their may be more believers that you might imagine.

This is not the first time nor the last time our tiny little planet will be thrown into turmoil. We would be wise to look to the heavens for help and hope during days like these. Listen to the Psalmist who wrote:

Psalm 99

1 The LORD reigns,
let the nations tremble;
he sits enthroned between the cherubim,
let the earth shake.
2 Great is the LORD in Zion;
he is exalted over all the nations.
3 Let them praise your great and awesome name—
he is holy.

4 The King is mighty, he loves justice—
you have established equity;
in Jacob you have done
what is just and right.
5 Exalt the LORD our God
and worship at his footstool;
he is holy.

6 Moses and Aaron were among his priests,
Samuel was among those who called on his name;
they called on the LORD
and he answered them.
7 He spoke to them from the pillar of cloud;
they kept his statutes and the decrees he gave them.

8 LORD our God,
you answered them;
you were to Israel a forgiving God,
though you punished their misdeeds.[a]
9 Exalt the LORD our God
and worship at his holy mountain,
for the LORD our God is holy.

Don’t miss the point of the Psalmist: “they called on the LORD and he answered them.” This is a time for the people of God to pray to the LORD for help. To pray for the people of Japan. To pray for the people of Libya. To pray for each other, but most importantly to look to the LORD for help–for our help comes from the LORD the maker of heaven and earth!

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