Prayer, Plain and Simple

Prayer, Plain and Simple

Who Won? Fox, NBC, CBS, and ABC

I stopped by “Google Hot Trends” this morning to see what is “trending” on the web. Are we bored, what!  #1, #5, #11: “Dancing with the Stars.”  #4: “Who Won Biggest Loser?” #8, #15: “Who Won American Idol?” And #10: “The Hills.”

With the Gulf Coast drowning in an oil slick,  Jamaica bleeding on the streets, North and South Korea in a dangerous standoff, the White House declaring war on Arizona, Ahamdinejad warning President Obama to accept Iran’s nuclear future, and  the Cubs again four games below .500, we’re still obsessed with television fantasy games.


So what will it take to capture America’s attention? Better question: what will it take to capture America’s imagination? When everything significant is completely insignificant, when the popular is meaningless and the hip mere fashion we’re doped and some might say near done… I don’t know.  .  Seriously… The only ones winning these ridiculous contests are the networks… And we’re footing the bill… How stupid and lazy can we be!

But… I choose to take a ray of hope today from my own Hope, my precious 20 year old daughter Elisabeth Hope who is taking two precious weeks of summer vacation from college to work with the Anti-Human Trafficking group, “Not for Sale.” Ellie is part of a team learning and putting into practice “smart activism,” to deal with this insidious and world-pervasive issue.


It’s a matter that matters to God, and therefore must matter to us. NFS is committed to finding ways to snap America out of her reality show addiction to see reality as reality is; and then to do something about it!

In response, my role today is to pray, for Ellie, for the heroes in “Not for Sale,” and for all of us, to wake up and begin to care about something more than so-and-so’s costume malfunction on the finale of blah-badie-blah blah blah. So let’s start a new “hot trend” today – “Not for Sale” rescuing child slaves in Ghana could be the hot search word… And to start that I’ll post this prayer… Pass the word. Let’s set a trend instead of following one… 


“God, stir my heart today with the things that stir you. I am so easily distracted. I am so frequently diverted to pass-times, that steal time and energy and focus from what truly matters. God, help me keep my focus. Let me join, at least in heart and conviction, with those who are in the heat of battle against things you hate and for things you love. I bless today those serving the poor, the broken, the sick, the estranged, the forgotten. Wake me at a heart level to care about these things, to turn my eyes toward, and not away-from the pain in this world! God, I give you access to my emotional center, to share with me what defines your character. In Jesus…”


  • Glenn

    This country doesn’t think on spiritual terms but rather on the “Me, first”principal. It is much easier to be self-absorbed than it is to bother worrying about the troubles of others. I am just as guilty, I am sorry and ashamed to say. As long as those horrible things don’t come knocking on my door, don’t affect me directly then I am much more comfortable. The world loves nothing more than to catch Christians sleeping, not acting Christ-like or as they THINK we should so they can point their judging fingers at us and say,”I thought YOU were a Christian, aren’t you supposed to be perfect”? We will never of course be “Perfect” here on the earthly plain,of course not. If we were able to be that way then we would cease to be human which is WHY we need Jesus in the first place, because we are anything but perfect. We can only learn from our failures, repent and try to move on learning from our mistakes. It would be much easier to just “do what feels good” with no worry as to our eternal futures as most seem to do these days. Being a Christian is NOT supposed to be a cake walk, it is downright hard to live the right way, impossible without the help of the Holy Spirit.

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