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Potent Parent Prayers: Looking forward to God’s answer

The world has become a scary place. OK, that sounds simplistic. But it’s true. Perhaps it has always been so. But it sure looks like we have a lot to worry about, especially with our children growing up in a world where risks run rampant and human mistakes seem to cost more than ever before.

Still, we know how the story ends. By faith, we are assured that God will someday set things right. He will call them (and us) until the final hour. And we are thankful, especially when we remember to be and even when it hurts.

God is not silent or sleeping or stepping away, even for a second. Nothing in our world surprises Him. We cannot understand when innocents are murdered, cities are terrorized, and evil seems to have its way unchecked. 

But we have to believe anyway, if God is indeed our God.

They will keep my name holy; they will acknowledge the holiness of the Holy One of Jacob, and will stand in awe of the God of Israel. Those who are wayward in spirit will gain understanding; those who complain will accept instruction. (Isaiah 29:23b-24, NIV)

Someday, every eye will see Him. Every knee will bow (see Philippians 2:10). Mockers will be silenced. Deceivers will be unmasked. And God will reveal the victory He has already sealed. For He is Elah Sh'maya V'Arah, God of Heaven and Earth (see Ezra 5:11).

Oh, Lord. We cannot see, and we do not understand. Our hearts break to see terrorists wreaking their havoc in the world and crime and other dangers lurking about. We fear for our children, ourselves, and all we love. We cringe to peek within the depths of our own hearts, where we find corners of darkness we have not yet yielded to Your hand. Make us more like You. Call those who have stepped from Your path, including us. Soften our hearts and the hearts of those we love to hear Your call. And bring Your will to pass in the world around us. Bring Your glory down again, and draw people to You. We ask in faith and in the name of our wonderful Lord, Your Son Jesus Christ.

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