Earlier this week I heard someone on the radio say that prayer is a declaration of our weakness. When we pray we come to our Heavenly Father for all sorts of reasons, but it’s in the knowledge that we are weak and He is strong, we understand very little and He knows everything. Many people will be even more acutely aware of this in the light of the Manchester Arena bombing.
In response to that atrocity, we all want to do something to help. People volunteer to work extra shifts, take food to the emergency services, light candles, observe a minute’s silence. And many people will pray, even if they don’t normally do so, because they feel that what they can do is so small in comparison to the enormity of the tragedy.
It’s at times like this that we realise that, although we need to do what we can, part of that ‘doing’ is to pray – to come to God in our weakness. We don’t have all of the answers, but we know that we have a Heavenly Father who is “…our comfort, our shelter, tower of refuge and strength…”
So, in the face of evil, suffering, shock and horror, let’s do what we can to help, especially let’s pray.