Junk Journal, prayer journal, prayer closet, war room,Moving on… from the election, my heart is focused on praying for our nation in a different way than days past.  A lot of our nation’s kids have poured into the streets to protest the election decision.  We’ve got a lot of church people doing the happy dance, while many of our nation’s marginalized are now living in fear.  All of this has left me concerned about the state of the church.

How do we, the church of the Great God of Grace and Compassion, convince our children and the disadvantaged that we love them, even though by and large we disagree with many of their ideals where scripture dictates our values?  How can we heal the wounds that were created during this election cycle?  How can we say…whatever needs to be said… without alienating, judging and demeaning them?

prayer journaling, war room, prayer closet, junk journalI have an idea…now, it’s kinda novel…and we, the church have not been particularly great at it lately, but what if we just start talking more about Jesus and less about the presidency?  Let’s love one another.  Let’s be kind and compassionate.  Let’s share and stand in the gap for those in need.  Let’s pray!

Gina Duke is the award-winning author of  Organizing Your Prayer Closet: A New and Life-Changing Way to Pray (Abingdon Press), that introduces the gift of structured prayer journaling.  You can enjoy her weekly #ShePrayerJournals weekend workshops on YouTube, and follower her on Twitter and Instagram at @TheGinaDuke.

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