When circumstances are difficult, it’s easy to believe that they’ll stay that way forever. Especially in times like the present — as we’re repeatedly pounded by trials and challenges — our human psyche adapts by “lowering the bar” and expecting things to stay hard. It’s important to fight against this tendency, however, because the truth is that for every dark season, there’s a brighter one just over the horizon. In fact, our existence is composed of a series of waves that manifest in both hills and valleys. While a year like this can seem indefinite, one of the greatest ways to hasten the swell of good times again is to pray. The Bible tells us that if we’ll assume a posture of humility, confess our sins and shortcomings, and seek His presence with passion and gusto, our Savior will take heed and forgive us. In fact, when this happens on a mass scale, it has a multiplied impact that carries the potential to heal a society from the inside out. As we pursue Jesus with chutzpah — or stubborn, undaunted faith — He responds by filling us with a fire that warms the hearts of others and draws them closer to His healing light. Then, as those whom we touch seek His Spirit in response, their hope becomes contagious and “infects” more people with His life-changing power. As this multiplication continues, the whole world will be transformed as a result!
My friend, praying fervently and fiercely is the best way to renew your perspective and bring about better things in your family, your community, and your country. When you set aside a few moments each day to cry out to Jesus in repentance and to petition Him for healing in your own life and on behalf of your leaders, He will hear and respond to your passionate pleas. Great changes come through the humble confessions of many contrite and faith-filled hearts, so beseech your Savior for His best, and expect Him to transform difficult times and circumstances as a result!