On Sunday afternoon I was listening to the post-game show for my beloved Cleveland Indians. They discussed Hurricane Harvey. The Houston Astros are relocating games to Tampa Bay during the clean up. The host concluded by saying that regardless of the baseball discussion, we need to think of the people of Houston. He then said, from all of us here at Let’s Go Tribe, our wishes are with the people of Houston. Hearing this got me thinking, is that what we should be sending to Houston? Some have also said that they are keeping Houston in their thoughts. What happened to keeping them in our prayers? A thought or a wish has little more power behind it than brain activity. The power of prayer brings with it the power of the God of Universe. Our God who created the heavens and the earth and watches over the world. And yet we are settling for thoughts and wishes?
In the day and age of political correctness, it is much easier to simply send wishes or thoughts instead of prayer. Prayer implies a high being, a creator of all of this, a God who is above all things and in all things. It’s much easier to sidestep the God debate by settling for wishes. But let us call it what it is, settling. 1 Peter 5:7 tells us, “Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your cares on Him, for He cares for you.” When we humble ourselves before God, we will ultimately be exalted by him. When we seek his mighty hand, we see him at work. And when we cast our care upon him, we see his answers to our prayers. This what the people of Houston need today. They don’t need our wishes or thoughts as much as they need our prayers. The people who are trapped in their attics or left homeless need our prayers today. They need believers asking for the mighty hand of God to provide, rescue, and comfort them. They need to know that the God that cares for them is with them. Wishes and thoughts will never move the mighty hand of God. Peter tells us that humble believers casting their cares, casting their prayers, upon him is needed.
The same is true in our own lives. Have you ever told someone that you would pray for them, then forgotten to do so? We need to go beyond simply wishing or thinking and pray. Because God cares for us and tells us to cast our cares on him. When we cast our cares on him, we will see him answer. So to all the people of Houston, you are in my prayers.