Sometimes we forget, in the midst of the pain and chaos and need of the world around us, that our primary role is to pray—to stand in the gap between God and men, and beg for his mercy. (Genesis 22:16-33) Sadly, all too often prayer is the last thing we do, instead of the first. I guess that’s pretty telling.
If the lives of the saints have taught us anything, it’s that the first movement of ministry is always toward God, not toward man. He alone can save, we cannot.
O Lord, apart from you, we can do nothing. And apart from you, this world has no hope. Help us to be willing to stand in the gap and beg for your mercy. Amen.