Prayer: A Rescue Mission
The need to be rescued.
There are Christians in Syria who are targeted because of their faith. Open Doors USA is doing something about it. (read about that here)
Helicopters are rescuing Colorado residents because flood waters threaten their homes and their lives. (read about that here)
When disaster strikes, people move. There are search and rescue teams deployed. The media is sure to let you know what has happened and what is being done. We watch it happen live on TV and on the web.
I’ve begun to see prayer as an opportunity to help where there is a need to be rescued.
Jennifer Kennedy Dean explains prayer is an aggressive, forceful act. When we pray, we reach into the spiritual realm and bring what is available there to earth. Jesus was deployed from heaven on a rescue mission. He came to help the broken-hearted, set captives free, and open prison doors. (Isaiah 61) Cue the drama-laden cinematic music, right!?
I’ve been rescued by Jesus.
He rescued me from the lies about God, this life and myself. These lies kept me comparing myself and coming up short. They kept me focused on myself instead of the incredible God. I was so blinded by these lies that separated me from God, I had no idea I needed to be rescued. Of course, I sang hymns every Sunday about the Savior.
But my heart didn’t connect the dots. I didn’t see my prison doors so I had no idea I needed His help. I was really busy covering up my unexpressed emotional pain and anxiety so I could measure up to the other prisoners. Well, they needed to like me so I could help them. Because that’s what Christians did. They helped people.
Help Me Jesus!
The pressures of life eventually had me crying out to Him, “Help Me Jesus”. It was the beginning of a real relationship with God, His Son Jesus, and His Holy Spirit. It was a prayer of three simple words. I had no idea what I was asking Him to do. I was completely desperate and the deepest part of my soul cried out for help. Several years into this real relationship with God, I see that He saved me from the destructive plans His enemy was carrying out in my life. (I explain this in detail here.)
Troops on the Ground
I’ve got a degree in social work because I want to help. I’ve served on countless boards and volunteered until I needed an intervention. I’ve done some important work that hopefully helped more than a few people. I am certain that you have too.
Today, I’m much more aware of the power I have to help by praying to the One Who has all the power to intervene. In the physical realm I have just so much time and physical/emotional energy to do something about the needs around me. But God has unlimited power and no budget on resources to get the job done. I believe He is able to do it and He is just waiting to be asked. So I’m interceding – reaching into God’s Kingdom and gathering the resources waiting to be applied to the financially needy, the emotionally wounded, the ones who do not know their pain is showing.
Rescue missions of the prayer kind can take place in the car, in the shower, on the treadmill, or as you cook. There are no rules of when and where. If we know Who Jesus is and allow Him to do what he came to do in us, our hearts will cry out to Him on behalf of others. We are His troops on the ground!
How has He saved you? Tell us about your rescue story.
About Jennifer O. White
I'm a simple wife who has discovered God's amazing gift of prayer. Here at Prayerfully Speaking I share my journey of unwrapping this gift. God invites us to ask Him, but His enemy works diligently to keep that from happening. I hope to offer you encouragement to believe God is ready to pour more into your life than you've ever imaged.