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This week I got an update in my inbox from a ministry in the Middle East about the status in Afghanistan since the Taliban took over in August 2021. I thought about all the people there, aged 20 and younger who went from a life of freedom to a life of bondage in a matter of days and I felt guilty that I hadn’t been praying more for Afghanistan more. As with most things, when the media moves on to the next big thing and we also move on with our lives.
But then I heard the Holy Spirit say something that sounded strange. He said, “That’s not where I needed you. If I need you to pray for Afghanistan, I will tell you.” I know that may be surprising because we are called to pray for our persecuted brothers and sisters in Christ in the Middle East and other parts of the world. And we should.
Because of the advances in technology, we have an overabundance of information in our everyday lives. It’s easy to know what’s going on in any part of the world, minutes after it occurs. Trying to fight every battle, take up every cause and pray for every situation distracts us from the specific assignment God has for us in the current season.
An intimate relationship with God is important now more than ever. You need to hear from Him and understand where He is directing your focus. When you steady your focus on the tasks He has given you, you won’t feel guilty about not doing enough in other areas. God sees all things and knows all things so we can trust that He has others assigned to the areas where not currently focused on. Allow Him to lead you and rest in His grace. Trust that He has everything else covered.
Prayer: Father, for allowing me to be part of your plan for mankind. While there is much sin and pain in the world, I understand I am not called to take up every cause. Help me steady my focus on the things that you have assigned to me. While my part may be small, it’s important and I need to stay focused and do it well.
© Deborah Ruck @ As Bold As THE Lion blog
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