Have you ever thought: “but, there is nothing I can do” ? Have you heard this discouraging remark from family, friends or colleagues?
Oftentimes, this sentiment is duly magnified and projected unto our unique screen plays, playing out in HD video. Replaying itself on our human hard drive where logic and reality rarely intersect. “There’s nothing I can do”, we say.
We often feel, quite genuinely, that there is no realistic avenue to pursue that would solve our current crisis or ongoing problems. Inability and inactivity to solve the quandary leads potentially to slips on an ever-progressing slippery slope. “There’s nothing I can do”, we maintain as we throw up our hands and let down our guard.
The handwriting’s on the wall and until we’re up against the wall, the Lord’s been neatly packaged in a convenient place. Until we think we can figure out what to do, that is.
The truth is, our prayers do matter whether in smooth or rough times during our personal life. They matter at all times on our daily walk. We know what role prayer plays as believers. We’ve seen prayers in action and felt the closeness with our risen Savior. “But, there’s nothing we can do” can be instantly, very simply replaced with “but, there’s nothing God cannot do.”
Frequently, our emotions wane and dive into sadness over world events. Asia Bibi has a husband and five children. In a recent heartbreaking news release, her death by hanging sentence has been upheld in Pakistan. A Christian who would not convert, she is falsely condemned of blasphemy in the courts. She is young, beautiful. “There’s nothing I can do”, I say. But, she looks like one of the sweet sisters in my weekly group and, if she wore different clothes, a neighbor. My heart bleeds. “But, there is nothing I can do” keeps playing in my morning prayers.
The Lord leads as He always does. Bringing light into a place of despair. “Pray for your sister in need. Pray.”
Of course. When we pray, we bring an active, able petition in communion with a merciful God who listens. Prayer answers the nagging assertion, “but there’s nothing I can do”.
Bringing to mind those past supplications answered in the public arena have the capability to console us. Miriam Ibraheem, the South Sudanese Christian, a physician imprisoned under a death sentence is now free. Living in freedom after the world, horrified, fell to its knees in prayer. Experiencing the grace we see in Ephesians 3:20, Miriam’s ministry transforms, “there’s nothing I can do” to “there’s something we can do”. “Pray”, our Lord says. God is able.
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us.” Ephesians 3:20