“We need to pray for Boston” #prayforboston. I have seen these comments many times in the past few days, and I could not agree more. I am even grateful that many are openly saying this. The tragedy at the Boston Marathon should move each of us. However, a question still remains, what should we be praying?
- Pray that Boston will turn to God. Prayer is no greater than the one to whom we pray. ‘”O Baal, answer us!” But there was no voice, and no one answered. And they limped around the altar that they had made.’ (1 Kings 18:26) This is not our desire for Boston, that they should limp around, but that they shall be held, healed, and brought to hope. Only the one true God has power to truly do this.
- Pray that Boston will find God great. In the news I have heard how Boston will recover because the people of Boston are great, even how their lobster is great. This will only bring about partial hope and healing. Only God is truly great. True healing and hope will only come about when it is to Him we turn. “Then David said to Gad, “I am in great distress. Let us fall into the hand of the Lord, for his mercy is great; but let me not fall into the hand of man.”” (2 Samuel 24:14) In moments like these we should be brought to a place of acknowledging our weakness and need, not our might and greatness. “6 Now I know that the Lord saves his anointed; he will answer him from his holy heaven with the saving might of his right hand. 7 Some trust in chariots and some in horses,but we trust in the name of the Lord our God. 8 They collapse and fall, but we rise and stand upright. 9 O Lord, save the king! May he answer us when we call. (Psalm 20:6-9, ESV)
- Pray that Boston will find Christ great comfort. The true greatness of God is found in Christ and Christ alone. True hope is found in Christ and Christ alone. “Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need. (Hebrews 4:14-16, ESV)”
- Pray that Boston will have a heightened sense of the value human life. The tragedy of the death of the ‘innocent’ has struck many of us this week. It seems senseless. Those who were defenseless where torn apart and killed. It is good to see humanity crying out against such an act. May we see more of it. As we heard of body parts being blown off and grieved and were outraged, may we be grieved and outraged in the same way by comments like these from the Gosnell trial “Toilets Backed Up With Body Parts From Abortions http://bit.ly/14uaug3 ” “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb.” (Proverbs 139:13)
- Pray for Boston to find living hope. “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! According to his great mercy, he has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to an inheritance that is imperishable, undefiled, and unfading, kept in heaven for you, who by God’s power are being guarded through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time.” (1 Peter 1:3-5) In times of tragedy everyone wants prayers and needs prayers. However, it is still difficult to speak of lasting living hope to many. Our human nature would rather hear how we will rally together, rather than draw near to God together. We would rather hear of inner strength, rather than need of a Savior. Pray for the churches of Boston that they will have opportunities to share a living hope to those hurting. Pray for one another that we will have the same opportunities outside of Boston.