In the storms of life when trials face us, we can count it all joy, for we yet have a hope. When all we see ahead is darkness without a ray of light, even the night is bright about us, for we yet have a hope. When grief swallows us and what we have seems lost, that is when we are most rich, for we yet have a hope.
Our hope is in our all-powerful God, who made heaven and earth. Our hope is in His Son, who gave His life as a ransom for our souls. Our hope is in heaven, our future home, our real home, where there will be no grief or darkness or trials. Praise God we have this hope!
But others do not have this hope.
A while ago, I wrote about prayer. I invited you all to join me in the ministry of prayer, planning to share requests for prayer from around the world. I wasn’t sure what to post about first since there are so many things to bring before our Father, but then a friend shared a request with me.
There is a situation in some countries that have been under Communist influence (like Russia, Ukraine, Moldova, Armenia) that is causing teens to take their own lives. They have been threatened, but many simply use this situation as an excuse to do what was already in their minds to do.
Because they have no hope. All they have is darkness, and despair, and sorrow. They have no hope of escaping. On their way to the lake of fire.
Let this grieve you, because it is the situation of so many in the world today, as I write and as you read. Hundreds are ready to take their life in their hands and cast it away as worthless.
But it’s not. It’s priceless. But they have no hope, and the lack of hope has blinded their eyes to the truth.
In these countries, the enemy is using these certain circumstances to increase the rate of suicide among teens, drawing so many of them into eternity without God. I can’t say much about this because I don’t want to potentially harm anyone in any way. But this situation still greatly needs prayer (as does the situations of the men and women and kids all around the world who are ready to give up).
We need to pray.
Pray that the devil will not trick any more teens into his ways, causing them to end their own lives.
Pray that the legal authorities intervene and stop the spread of these threats.
Pray that those who are behind these threats will be convicted of their sin, and come to a saving knowledge of the Lord Jesus.
Pray that Christians would be put in the lives of these young people, who would share the Gospel with them, and show them the hope of heaven through faith in Jesus.
And pray that our God would thwart the plans of the devil, and turn this situation around to use it for His glory.
“Now hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts by the Holy Spirit who was given to us. For when we were still without strength, in due time Christ died for the ungodly. For scarcely for a righteous man will one die; yet perhaps for a good man someone would even dare to die. But God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. Much more then, having now been justified by His blood, we shall be saved from wrath through Him.” – Romans 5:5-9