Hear our prayers, O Lord

Read: Psalm 86

It’s hard to imagine how someone would have the desire to set off a bomb in the middle of innocent people who are doing nothing more than enjoying their day and celebrating friends and family; and yet that is what we saw happen this week in Boston and continue to see happen around the world.

As terrible as the Boston tragedy is we also need to remember that people in some other countries deal with these type of bombings on a weekly or even daily basis. In Syria it is ongoing and just two days ago a car bomb in Iraq killed over 50 people.

As we pray for all of these people affected we need to pray for strength, trust, love, and hope to prevail. In Psalm 86 David writes about that trust in his time of deep trouble. King Saul was pursuing him to kill him and he often called on the Lord to hear his prayers of deliverance and help. Here are a few verses from Psalm 86

“Hear my prayer, O Lord; listen to my cry for mercy.” v.6
“In the day of trouble I will call to you, for you will answer me.” v.7
“For great is your love toward me; you have delivered me from the depths of the grave.” v.13
“Give me a sign of your goodness, that my enemies may see it and be put to shame, for you, O Lord, have helped me and comforted me.” v.17

We live in a world that is filled with fear, sorrow, and evil acts, and our only hope is to turn to God who truly can deliver us and save us from the world. Just like David did, we too can turn to God for help when we don’t understand. We may not totally understand why or how someone could do such terrible things to others, but as Christians we do know where to find peace and hope in the midst of it all.

Marty Haugen once said, “Healer of our every ill, light of each tomorrow, give us peace beyond our fear, and hope beyond our sorrow.” That seems to be a perfect word for us this week.

Our prayers are lifted for those in Boston, Iraq, Syria, and other places where evil has impacted people’s lives this week. May the comfort, peace, and hope of Jesus Christ be real to them in the midst of their pain and sorrow. In the end, we know that Jesus will overcome the evil in our world.

Make it personal: As you pray this week for all of these other people affected by evil, pray that Christ will give you peace to overcome your fear, and hope to take you beyond your sorrow. As David writes in verse 5, “You are forgiving and good, O Lord, abounding in love to all who call to you.”

Have a peace filled week everyone,
Glen Rhodes, Minister of Discipling and Community Life, Arthur Mennonite Church