The One Thing You Can Do Right Now

by Lee Buford on May 25, 2011

Like many of you, I have spent a lot of time thinking about, and praying for, those affected by the devastating tornadoes we’ve seen across the United States in recent days and weeks. It’s hard to even imagine what we’ve seen in pictures and on television, much less to begin to comprehend how those affected are feeling in the wake of such destruction.

The true toll is not yet conceivable to any of us. The loss of life and property is so terribly evident, and the loss of hope is potentially far more abundant and frightening. We all want to help. We want to contribute, to make a difference, and to love and serve our fellow brothers and sisters in this time of time desperate need.

Many are doing, or are making plans to do, just that. Churches and organizations are raising money, collecting supplies, and sending teams to help. Much can and will be done, but right now it’s hard to know exactly what to do. As much as we want to jump in and rally around these folks it’s incredibly difficult to know exactly what that help and support looks like, or even where to begin. All of that will become increasingly clear in the days and weeks ahead, but there IS something we ALL can do right now.


It may seem the obvious response at a time like this but, as Christians, we must be faithful to call upon the only One who can truly help immediately. Our God is faithful, compassionate, gracious, and merciful. And above all, He is sovereign. He is not surprised by any of this, and he has commanded us to cast our cares upon Him and to pray for one another.

E. M. Bounds said it so well: “Four things let us ever keep in mind: God hears prayer, God heeds prayer, God answers prayer, and God delivers by prayer.”

So let us pray together for these people, and let us do it now. There will be time and opportunity to help in many other ways, but there’s one thing you can do right now.



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