Where is your heart at as you think of the people of Afghanistan?
Are you praying?
All too often, we can sit in our comfortable homes, living our everyday lives, and forget that for someone else, their world is falling apart. To some extent, we have become immune to the wickedness that is happening around the world.
We forget that prayer is powerful and effective (James 5:16).
We forget that God is a mountain-moving God through whom nothing is impossible (Luke 1:37).
We forget that we are to bring heaven to earth (Matthew 6:10).
We comfort ourselves by stepping back into Scripture that states we should not be surprised by the trials that we face (James 1:2; 1 Peter 4:12). We declare it is the end times as we hear about persecution.
As I sit here, I am thinking about the people of Afghanistan. Overnight, they have had everything stripped away from them. The progress made over the past 20 years has become a story between the bookmarks of Taliban rule. Many people are in fear for their lives and the lives of their families. Many have already died for their beliefs, while others are in fear that they will be next. They are experiencing things that we can only try to imagine.
We need to understand that these are our brothers and sisters that are suffering. Do not be fooled, this could easily be any country or people group. Take heed of what is going on all around. Ask the Lord for wisdom and courage in this season.
Suggested Prayer Points:
Pray for the believers in Afghanistan. That God would give them strength, wisdom, courage and would supernaturally protect them.
Pray for the non-believing Afghan people that they would come to know the one true God.
Pray for the Taliban leadership and soldiers. Pray for undeniable encounters with God.
Pray for the plans of the enemy to be known and dismantled
Pray for those who have friends and family that they cannot reach. Pray for God's peace to enfold them.
Pray for revival to flood Afghanistan.
If you need a reminder to pray, print off a photo of an Afghan family and put it where you will see it and stop and pray. Your prayers and needed. Your prayers matter and your prayers are effective. We have a God who is more than capable of stepping into chaos, trauma, and horror and bringing peace into the midst of it.