A friend of mine was in a meeting once, a secular club-type meeting, when the person up front prayed for God to give them what they deserve. My friend immediately thought, “No!” That’s because we all, all of us, deserve to be charcoal briquettes.
Thank the Lord for His promise to Adam and Eve of a Savior—Himself—coming to the earth to be God with us. What they lost through sin that tainted all of mankind would be restored through a Redeemer. And that promised Redeemer would fix things.
But, we who are in this land of the living have a choice to make—just as Adam and Eve made a choice in the Garden. Who are we going to believe? The enemy who is the father of lies and murder? Or the One who came to earth as a Child to be the Way, the Truth, and the Life? Therein lies the “fix” that is needed.
Thankfully, God will keep His promises. He will fix this at the proper time. In the meantime, the real problem, as a listener of KLOVE radio commented, is not the presence of evil but the absence of light.
We live in a fallen world. That we see evil/darkness is to be expected. It has been so since history began.
Light is what is needed. Light has power over darkness. Every time you light a lamp, you know it to be true.
Paul wrote in 2 Corinthians 4:4 that “the god of this world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.” (ESV) For this very reason the prayers of those who live in light are absolutely necessary to reach the lost, perhaps the reason we are left in the world. We battle the “god of this world” and his cohorts with the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God, in prayer, just as Jesus fought Satan in the wilderness with “It is written…” and the enemy fled.
Paul also wrote of our responsibility as lights a few verses later: “For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.” This wasn’t just Paul’s and Timothy’s duty. It is ours as well.
What the world desperately needs is light!
May our prayers go over the head of the god of this world to the King who sits on the Throne and bring light to reign in our children’s lives and in our schools.