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Listening As Prayerful Response

"And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them?"

Luke 18:7

Don’t stop praying, Jesus tells his disciples in a curious parable about a persistent widow who seeks justice from a not so righteous judge. In the story, the judge finally relents.

God who is faithful and just will hear our cries for mercy, Jesus assures us. Yet sometimes, especially in these times, it seems God is quiet. Suffering is all around us. We feel like crying out, “My God, my God, why have you forsaken our suffering planet? Where do we even begin to pray when we feel overwhelmed with so much sorrow?”

We are always ready for God’s response to the suffering, but what about our response? As the Church, the Body of Christ, cannot do everything, but we can do SOMETHINGS. What if the persistent widow is the Holy Spirit calling to you and me to be the answer to prayer?

It starts small. A donation here. Volunteering there. Advocating for the suffering. Visiting someone. If God is willing to grant justice to those who cry out for mercy, ought not the people who profess to following Christ?

Are we listening?

Listen for a story of suffering this week. Pray for them. Ask God to help you take one small step to help.


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