Op/Ed By Michael Vaughn
The Bible states “If my people which are called by My name would humble themselves, and pray, and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land (2 Chr. 7:14, KJV).”
On May 5, as a Rochester community, we have the chance to come together and pray!
The National Day of Prayer will take place this day, and locally Bishop David Singleton, the Pastor of the Ark of Jesus Church, will be the coordinator of the event.
It will be a time for this community to come together around a topic I hope we can all agree on, which is the need for prayer.
There are many things that plague our community, such as violence, poverty, drug abuse, etc., for which we may need divine intervention in order to see change.
And, I believe, at the root of these issues, are matters of the heart. People are doing things to one another that show their hearts are dark.
When our hearts are dark, throwing money at them will not change them. Passing laws will not change them, and sticking our heads in the sand hoping the problems go away will not change them either.
The solutions to the problems which plague society must begin with prayer.
Recently, our nation, state, and community have experienced a moral decay, an increase in the disregard for life, a rise in selfishness, etc.
These are matters of the heart, and therefore need solutions that will first deal with the heart, then move onto the other issues.
Trying to deal with these issues, without dealing with the heart, would be like trying to clean up a mess caused by a leaky faucet, without first turning off the water. You will be cleaning up the mess forever, unless you first tackle the cause of the problem.
When someone’s heart is right they will not commit murder. When someone’s heart is right they will not do things which are immoral. When someone’s heart is right, they will be full of hope.
I believe if we get our hearts right, our problems will be solved!
We scratch our heads, wondering why things haven’t changed with all of the money, resources, discussions, etc. that have been held surrounding the myriad of problems facing us. However, we have overlooked a very simple, non-politically correct solution, and that has been to pray, asking God almighty to intervene on our behalf.
Prayer would be an acknowledgement of the fact that we need help, and that would take humility.
When we come to the end of ourselves, and realize the problems are still among us and left unchecked, they will continue to deteriorate the fabric of our society, until we humble ourselves and pray!
Prayer will acknowledge that we need His help, because our solutions have not solved these problems.
I believe the best method would be to have a life of prayer, but at least recognizing that we have the need for prayer would be a start.
On May 5, in downtown Rochester, at 11:15 a.m., every individual will have an opportunity to participate in this great event.
It will be an opportunity to bring our collective problems before the only one who may be able to give us the wisdom, and guidance, to help resolve these issues.
If the community comes together, that will be a step forward in and of itself. The folks who will be there, will have taken the time from their jobs, family, school, etc., to cry out in prayer.
They will be making that sacrifice, and others will make the sacrifice as well.
When folks come together, progress will be made.
It may take a while, but the coming together in unity, to pray, will be a good start to solving our problems.
While I do not agree with majority of positions our president, governor, and mayor hold, they are our leaders (as well as our county executive), and we need to keep praying for them.
The National Day of Prayer will be a great time to come out, and do just that …pray. So, I encourage everyone to heed the call to prayer, and be in downtown Rochester May 5, at 11:15 a.m.
If you would like to contact me, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.