Are our prayers a pin-prick in an overwhelming hydra-headed problem of entrenched sin and death?
For example, we whack the evil spiritual problems here and then they pop up over there – perhaps we begin to see drugs-related trouble bursting out in Mexico.
Squash it there and we hear of horrific rape in the DRC. Stifle that and we notice cholera breaking out all over the globe (cholera is breaking out in Haiti, Benin, Uganda, Chad, Papua New Guinea).
And what about the evil which is so prevalent in the USA? According to the US Justice Department
“Among children and teens living on the streets in the United States, involvement in commercial sex activity is a problem of epidemic proportion.
Approximately 55% of street girls engage in formal prostitution. The average age at which girls first become victims of prostitution is 12-14. For boys and transgender youth, the average age of entry into prostitution is 11-13.” – US Justice Department
Is it spiritual whack-a-mole?
I think evil was always in all of those places. Maybe it’s like a vast pile of evil and we can only see the top-most ones. As we resolve the top-most one, we get to see the next one down. The world and newspapers can only write about an consume a certain number of crisis stories. As one is resolved the next one is written about.
Cholera has always been a problem. Mexico has always had social problems. Just think back to the “almost a miracle” elections of Afghanistan. Hardly had anyone rejoiced and people began writing about the fraud. No one takes the time to pause and rejoice any more 🙂
I admit the problem is big… it’s overwhelming… but we cannot do nothing! Jesus’ one command is to love one another. In the OT God was appalled that no one was interceding. Yes the problem is big, but have you read the star fish story? Take a moment to read it 🙂
HE asked us to pray. We do our part and HE does the rest. K?