As I openedÂ looked at the emails in my inbox, this one jumped out at me.Â After I read it and saw the video, I knew that I had to share it with my Gather friends.
Here's Max Lucado reading this prayer:
The prayer begins...
Our friends lost their house
The co-worker lost her job
The couple next door lost their retirement
It seems that everyone is losing their footing
This scares us. This bailout with billions.
These rumblings of depression.
These headlines: ominous, thunderous -
"Going Broke!" "Going Down!" "Going Under!" "What's Next?"
What is next?
We're listening. And we're admitting: You were right.
You told us this would happen.
You shot straight about loving stuff and worshipping money.
Greed will break your heart, You warned.
Money will love you and leave you.
Don't put your hope in riches that are so uncertain.
You were right. Money is a fickle lover and we just got dumped.
We were wrong to spend what we didn't have.
Wrong to neglect prayer and ignore the poor.
Wrong to think we ever earned a dime. We didn't. You gave it. And now, tell us Father, are You taking it?
We're listening. And we're praying.
Could you make something good out of this mess?
For the rest of the prayer, click on the link to hear Max Lucado reading it.Â The prayer is called, "You Have Our Attention, Lord."
God will always give what is right to His people who cry to Him night and day, and He will not be slow to answer them. (Luke 18:7 NCV)
Here's Max Lucado reading this prayer: We're Listening, Lord
I saw some statistics that said that more people are going to church now that the economy is so bad.Â I imagine more people are praying as well.Â It seems that we've remembered that God is really in control and the we need to continue worshiping and getting closer toÂ Him.
The prayer above acknowledges God's power.Â It endsÂ answering that, of course, God can make something good out of our country's financial mess.Â It reminds us that God built temples out of ruins, calmed stormy waters, and turned water into wine.Â Why would we, why do we, question that He can help us?