The prayers of all God’s people (Somalia)

Remember when I wrote a post called “The end of Darwin“?

Now we are considering praying for Somalia… what has Darwin got to do with Somalia you ask? What we are praying for is the effects of our sin. Sin results in death. Death results in… death. Which is self evident I think.

Child dies every six minutes in Somalia famine

Protracted death results in the inability for things to grow… that’s just another way of saying “death”.

Darwin said everything gets better and better, because of death. When the strong kill the weak, things get better. It’s self evident that the cycle of the strong killing the weak only benefits the strong, and even then, only for a while. Eventually the strong end up killing the strong as well.

Over time our sin empowers death to such an extent that the majority of the population needs medical assistance like anti-psychotics and anti-depressants just to get through the day. Does that sound like a society that’s getting stronger and stronger each year? No.

And the world around us is also getting more and more destroyed:

The climate problem has moved from the abstract to the very real in the last 18 months.

Instead of charts and graphs about what will happen someday, we’ve got real-time video: first Russia burning, then Texas and Arizona on fire.  First Pakistan suffered a deluge, then Queensland, Australia, went underwater, and this spring and summer, it’s the Midwest that’s flooding at historic levels.

The year 2010 saw the lowest volume of Arctic ice since scientists started to measure, more rainfall on land than any year in recorded history, and the lowest barometric pressure ever registered in the continental United States.  Measured on a planetary scale, 2010 tied 2005 as the warmest year in history.  Jeff Masters, probably the world’s most widely read meteorologist, calculated that the year featured the most extreme weather since at least 1816, when a giant volcano blew its top. – Source: CBS News

Darwin was wrong. And God was right, when He warned Adam and Eve that eating that fruit would unleash death into their lives and into the world.

but you must not eat from the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, for when you eat of it you will surely die.” – Gen 2:17

So when we consider the devastation in Somalia, let’s not kid about believing it’s the world getting stronger and stronger, let’s be realistic, the world is struggling under the weight of it’s sin and the consequence is death.

But. We are charged to LOVE others. We don’t believe in karma, that someone should be left to BE sick in order to PAY for their sins.

No. We are Christians. We are to be salt to the world. What does salt do? It is a preserver. It preserves. It makes things last longer. Meat doesn’t rot as fast when there is salt.

May I leave you with a picture I got this morning. When you pray, your prayers are mingled with God’s power and together your prayers and His power are thrown onto the earth.

And when he had taken it, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb. Each one had a harp and they were holding golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of God’s people. – Rev 5:8

Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all God’s people, on the golden altar in front of the throne. 4 The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of God’s people, went up before God from the angel’s hand. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. – Rev 8:3-5

As Jesus Christ Himself said “Be of good cheer, I have overcome the whole world.”

God bless you guys – as you are willing to be salt, light, fruit and life giving water to this dying world.

NOTE: 7 September 2011

Al Shabaab’s Withdrawal from Mogadishu

By Katherine Zimmerman
August 7, 2011

Al Shabaab, the al Qaeda-linked militant group in Somalia, abruptly vacated key bases in Mogadishu Saturday morning. The militants left in trucks, heading toward strongholds in southern and central Somalia. Al Shabaab leaders confirmed the departure.

Would you like to intercede for peace in your country or in the world? All you need to do is get a map of the area you want to pray for and get this list of scriptures (or download the MS Word version) and speak each scripture out over the area you are praying for. It’s as easy as that.

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