The Kingdom Breaking In

Carol Moerman

READ : Luke 18:1-8

Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven. (Matt. 6:10 NIV)

There is something terribly wrong with the world. From tsunamis killing hundreds of thousands to a young mother dying of cancer, from African children conscripted into rebel armies to Asian girls sold into prostitution, everywhere we see insoluble evils. But there is no more certain death to effective prayer than resignation to what is, accepting evil as inevitable and unchangeable. Jesus encourages us: At all times we should pray and not lose heart. God calls us to rebel against the status quo, to refuse to accept as “normal” what is abnormal and contrary to his will.

The devastation wrought by Ugandan rulers in the 1970s and ’80s brought the deaths of an estimated one million people and the unraveling of the social and economic fabric of the nation. The church responded with deep repentance, commitment to unity, and persistent prayer, believing that God had not abandoned Uganda. Today the church is in revival. Uganda has a professing Christian as president, the government is dealing with widespread corruption, and Uganda is the first country in the world to reduce the number of AIDS victims. God responds to those who invite him to move in this broken world, establishing his kingdom reign!

PRAYER

Lord, let your kingdom break into the darkest places, overcoming evil, bringing your justice and mercy.