- End world hunger
- Reach every nation, tribe, and tongue for Christ
- Topple an oppressive government
I'm not saying you can do all these things at once, mind you. But one at a time, they're not that daunting.
I know, I know. You have a pretty full schedule as it is. The kids, the house, the pets. Not to mention crayon on the bathroom mirror, spaghetti caked into the carpet, and something weird growing in the fridge. You're hoping you're going to make it to nap time without needing shock paddles—and not necessarily for your heart.
Relax. I have a simple plan to overcome the impossible.
We don't have to conquer the evils of a fallen world singlehandedly. Nor immediately. Nor necessarily with our own tired hands and feet (or swords, what have you).
But I think we too easily forget the awesome, unfathomable, unstoppable power of prayer. Even if it's a few simple words, God hears them. Why else would 1 Thessalonians 5:17 instruct us to pray continually?
The enemy of our hearts would like us to believe we don't—or can't—matter. That we can't effect change from our kitchen while we coax oatmeal into a toddler more interested in creating a new form of Play-doh.
Maybe we don't have time to get on our knees right then and there. It's not a good idea anyway. We'd get distracted noticing yesterday's juice disaster we didn't clean up as well as we'd thought. Just because we can't daily seclude ourselves to pray for world issues doesn't mean we're out of the game.
Simple triggers in our everyday routine can remind us to pray those brief but oh-so-necessary words of prayer. We probably already use some form of this without realizing it. Say your kindergartener just stuffed your yowling cat into the washing machine, and he wants to know how to start the cycle. You can hardly blame him. He's only trying to help the cat clean off the bubble gum stuck to its back (and the action figure stuck to the gum). How Spiderman came to be bronco busting the family feline, no one is willing to admit. We often use this type of situation to trigger a prayer for patience, or a quick plea that we don't have to shave the cat.
So how does that achieve the impossible list? We recruit our morning routine to trigger our prayers.
End world hunger
Making breakfast? You might be praying no one is giving the dog a make-over while your back is turned, and that's reasonable, even necessary if your house runs like mine. But can we offer up another few words for God's provision around the world? One thought, one sentence for those who must do without breakfast will matter to our listening God. Imagine the amount of world-changing prayer that can happen while moms or dads everywhere scramble an egg, fill a juice glass, or butter toast.