Rudy Ross has spent years studying the Bible as it pertains to the End Time.
For the next couple of days, I will be interviewing Rudy on passages from Luke 21, where Jesus teaches about the End Time. The interview can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel.
I am thankful for Rudy’s expertise on this topic. I will not be covering the Bible passage that is in the video. Instead, today’s blog article is about worry.
I am worried!
I am worried about our nation and the direction we appear to be heading.
I will not list our nation’s problems, because they are evident to anyone who is familiar with current events.
I am worried about whether Russia will invade Ukraine. I am concerned for children of Russian and Ukrainian soldiers who may never see their parents alive again.
I worry that Ukraine may end up looking like North Korea. The Russian-sponsored North Korean government pursues military might while their nation starves.
I have a long list of worries, but these two are at the top of my prayer list.
Prayer and Worry
Paul counsels people like me who worry.
He wrote, “Do not worry about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God” (Philippians 4.6).
World War II gave the world something to worry about. Frank Laubach tried to marshal one million praying people to engage in prayer, rather than worry.
Each time worry raised its ugly head, the person was prompted to pray a brief prayer for God’s will to be accomplished.
Laubach called these prayers, “arrow prayers,” because they were short and responsive to the needs of the moment.
Paul stated an obvious truth when he wrote, “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words” (Romans 8.26).
— We are weak and need the wisdom and power of the Spirit in every area of life.
— We don’t know how to pray as we ought.
I can relate to both of those truths all too well. Praise God the Holy Spirit will pray through us.
I am not God’s advisor!
God doesn’t need my advice, but he desires my prayers.
First Thessalonians 5.17 details how greatly God wants us to pray: “Pray without ceasing.”
Since I am not God’s advisor, I can pray after this fashion.
(1) Fix in my mind the area of concern.
(2) Be conscious of God’s presence.
(3) Pray the Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6.9-13) and ask God to answer that prayer for the issue at hand.
I encourage you to try Laubach’s “arrow prayers” or to pray the Lord’s Prayer for your concerns.
The Burden of the Lord
Some praying people become very burdened over what is taking place in the world. Sometimes, this happens to be the burden of the Lord.
Notice again Romans 8.26. “Likewise the Spirit helps us in our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we ought, but that very Spirit intercedes with sighs too deep for words.”
“Sigh” can also be translated as “groan.” There are times when the Holy Spirit wants us to feel his pain over the brokenness of the world.
We will feel heavy, burdened, and down over what is taking place. There is a small but important difference between worry and the burden of the Lord.
If the Holy Spirit has you burdened, turn it into a prayer. If you can’t tell the difference between worry and a burden, turn it into a prayer.
If you don’t know what to pray, then pray the Lord’s Prayer.
Bottom line: The world needs praying people and you can be one.
I interview Rudy Ross on today’s YouTube video. It can be found on the Bob Spradling YouTube channel. You will be better informed about End Time events by listening to Rudy today.
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