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By Jesse Utz 

Faith for the World: Pray

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It is funny how things play out in the world and with what you do in your own little environment. Sometimes it tweaks your way of thinking on a global scale or a heavenly scale. Let me explain.

If you have paid attention at all to the happenings in the Far East, then you know a global epidemic is upon us. People are being slaughtered for their beliefs. They are being murdered if they do not pay a tax to a terrorist group or if they do not denounce their God and swear allegiance to that of the terrorists. This group has announced that this is just the beginning, and they do not plan on just staying home to execute their hatred of others. My heart breaks for those being killed, running into the hills to hide from their aggressors. This kind of brutality most likely has not been seen since Hitler or the devastation that happened in Africa, as one race tries to eliminate another.

I also watched two movies over the weekend, I highly recommend you watch them with your family. “God’s Not Dead” and “Heaven Is Real” both moved me to examine my way of thinking and what exactly am I doing to serve others. It also opened my eyes to another type of persecution that we may overlook on a daily basis. The simple disregarding of what God is trying to tell us, when someone tries to share their faith with us.

You see, God gives us opportunities to not only listen to him through others but we are also to show him to others that might not get to see him otherwise. Some of us know what to look for but others have no idea, they may have even closed their ears and eyes to even the possibility of God. I am not going to try and convince you with letters on a piece of paper, but I can give you my perspective and my experiences during my “Walk.” If you want letters on paper there is a little thing called the Bible. Don’t be intimidated, the answers to your questions or problems are there.

Now more than ever, we need to come together as believers and pray for those in dire need of help. As I write this, more people are being discriminated against because of the color of their skin, their nationality and their religion. Some even put to death. We need to pray for not only our own leaders but for leaders all over the world who are asked to act on this matter. We also need to pray for the killers, this terrorist group that is carrying out this heart breaking cause that they will be touched by God’s love and just plain stop the mass murder of innocent people.

It does not matter what your religion is, only that we can love one another as neighbors. That we can do. Even if it is someone on the other side of the world, hiding in the mountains of a desert-like country, our prayers can and will be felt there. So I am asking you all to come together and pray, just like when the fires are burning, storms are storming and floods are flooding. Just like when a relative or loved one is battling a disease or injury, or we are in a scary place and need help, or we are just uncertain for the future. Now more than ever, we need to pray. We will never have all the answers to all the questions, but the one thing we can always do and should, is pray for those who need it most and even those who don’t.

God has given me a voice and the opportunity to share with you what is on my heart. Today it is that God is not dead and that “Yes” heaven is real and our prayers are needed.

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