Into the World
For those who step out into the world from their local church wondering, "What now?"
When Abram heard that his kinsman had been taken captive, he led forth his trained men, born in his house, 318 of them, and went in pursuit as far as Dan.
Abram heard that Lot had been taken captive, and he led a group of trained men to defeat those who were holding Lot. Abram heard, and he acted. When we hear about Christians being held captive and tortured, what do we do? How do we react? Do we take up arms against their captors?
Often I hear my friends and others sigh, “All I can do is pray.”
When I hear this, most of the time, these words are said in a way that makes it seem like praying isn’t good enough. Even my instinct sometimes is, “What can we do?” We can’t take arms against them and go fight. I rack my brain trying to figure out how to help these brothers and sisters who are being held captive...
“I won’t do it. I will NOT pray to be a missionary,” I thought defiantly, eyes closed, sitting in my class at church. The teacher was leading her small group through a prayer, asking the Holy Spirit to call us, even at this early age, to the spiritual battlegrounds of the mission field.
All I could picture was the jungle and wild animals. Surely this lady was asking us to pray for our deaths.