Although most Christians in Sri Lanka had been in church yesterday morning, celebrating the risen Christ on Easter Sunday, bombs went off in 4 of our cities (Kochchikade, Negombo, Batticaloa, and Colombo), targeting churches and hotels. The most current figures appear to leave us with at least 290 dead and 500 injured from the eight bombings. Some arrests have been created.
There are hints emerging as to who is accountable for the attacks, but I do not want to speculate also a lot on that and unnecessarily implicate these who are not involved in this crime. It is superior to be protected and stay silent than to give false witness, which is a severe sin. We pray that God would guide the safety officials to whom he has provided the authority to be agents of his wrath, punishing wrongdoers (Romans 13:3–4). As for Christians, we will do what we can to be agents of peace in our fractured land (Romans 12:14–21).
Close to Household
The Zion church in Batticaloa, exactly where at least 28 had been killed (such as numerous young children), is a vibrant church at which I have preached a number of instances. The pastor was out of the nation at the time of the bomb blast. The sister of our Youth for Christ leader in Eastern Sri Lanka, Thamendran, was worshiping there and is fighting for her life in the hospital, with severe head injuries.
A young man from our sports ministry lost a single of his legs in the Colombo explosion. A neighbor couple of ours and their daughter died, and their young son is in the hospital. As far as we know, there is a single former Youth for Christ clubber who died in Colombo.
5 Techniques to Pray
Although it may well appear foolish to commit time praying when there is a crisis about us, this is the most strong factor God’s people today can do in a national crisis (two Kings 19). We need to have to mobilize person and corporate prayer amongst Christians.
1. For Holy-Like
Please pray that the church would act with maturity, reflecting the holy-like of God: on the a single hand, insisting that the authorities will carry out a thoroughgoing investigation and will punish the wrongdoers and on the other hand, personally and corporately displaying like to all, such as our enemies. We can’t afford to let hatred blunt our witness. God will judge the wicked, and he will do that frequently by means of government institutions. Our belief in the doctrine of judgment requires away our bitterness more than gross sinfulness like this. On our component, we do what we can do, and that is to like our enemies.
two. For Faithfulness
Pray that the church would faithfully carry out its calling to be an agent of healing in broken scenarios. Individually, we can get close to suffering people today. I prayed with my Hindu neighbor this morning when he came household to inform me that his sister had died in the blast. We also can get involved in a additional corporate way in larger projects.
three. For Healing
Pray for the injured and for their speedy recovery, and pray for the healthcare solutions to do their perform properly.
Pray also for the emotionally scarred and for their steady recovery. This is a time when we can be agents of the God of all comfort by means of our listening and ministering (two Corinthians 1:3–4).
four. For Comfort and Strength
Pray for God’s comfort and strength to the numerous Christian and non-Christian people today who have been devastated by the loss of their loved ones.
five. Against Unrest
Pray that extremist forces would not use these incidents to result in unrest in the nation. Christians can act as moderating agents mainly because, although we may well be enraged by what occurred, we are freed from bitterness as we know that a just God who controls history is higher than the issues.
We appear at all the things in life by means of the lens of our belief in a God who is holy-like. We know that he judges the wicked, and so we are not bitter. We know that he loves the globe and that we are named to be agents of that like. This drives us to action. But we do not do so with a defeatist attitude. We know that God is constructing his kingdom, culminating in the return of Christ, and that our actions are constructing blocks in this procedure.
Holy-like need to win in the finish! Amen. Come, Lord Jesus (Revelation 22:20).