PrayerConnect for February 2, 2016

United Prayer for America

Edmund Burke said, “The only thing necessary for evil to triumph is for good men to do nothing.”

Evil does not produce anything positive. It kills and destroys; it does not produce life nor propel it. While some evil is very active and in-your-face with its agenda, a majority of it is subtle, and quiet. Evil thrives in passivity.

The scary truth is evil has been successful in convincing many good people to serve it. It hasn’t been outright acceptance, but a slow yield to its presence and power. It grows stronger with each turned head, and by those whose only decision made is to become deaf and ignorant to its ways.

Hannah Arendt summarized it this way: “The sad truth is that most evil is done by people who never make up their minds to be good or evil.”  People end up supporting evil when they fail to take a stand against it.  those who don’t want to to risk criticism or being questioned take the middle road, claiming “balance.” Others throw their hands up in defeat claiming they lack a voice or power to do anything about it. They are silent supporters. They wouldn’t initiate evil themselves but they cooperate with it by failure to change it.

We can’t all be presidents, senators, congressmen, or governors. We can’t all make laws or govern social injustice. But we can all make a choice – a choice to be active or passive in the words and actions that define our lives. We have a voice and a choice. We invite you to use that voice and choice against evil and promote God’s righteousness in a way that will change things when evil refuses to change itself. We invite you to pray.

Agree in prayer with us for America the first Wednesday of each month. As we pray in agreement, God will move upon the hearts of this nation and bring good where evil has been allowed to reign.

Colleen Clabaugh
Kids & Youth Prayer Coordinator
World Network of Prayer<