I look around at the world, and I am deeply sorrowful.

I see suffering, hurting people.

I see a world full of division and hate.

I see people struggling to survive while others live in luxury.

I see those in power seeking more power.

I see people with a misdirected focus that places greater emphasis on the earth and things of the world rather than people.

I understand good intentions.

But what good are intentions that sacrifice people in the process?

The things that we spend our money on, what good are they in the end?

They give us fleeting pleasures that never truly satisfy.

We want more and more, yet we leave this world with nothing.

We may lay up treasure for future generations, but no guarantee of its use or abuse.

All the while, people here and now suffer needlessly.

I read this morning from the book of 1 Timothy and felt God calling me to pray and to testify to the truth.

First of all, then, I urge that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and thanksgivings be made for all people, for kings and all who are in high positions, that we may lead a peaceful and quiet life, godly and dignified in every way. This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth. For there is one God, and there is one mediator between God and men, the man Christ Jesus, who gave himself as a ransom for all, which is the testimony given at the proper time. For this I was appointed a preacher and an apostle (I am telling the truth, I am not lying), a teacher of the Gentiles in faith and truth.
-1 Timothy 2:1-7

We need to pray for the homeless, poor, and needy.

They have needs, but they need Jesus.

We need to pray for persecuted and hurting individuals and families.

They need rescue and healing, but they need Jesus.

We need to pray for the rich and successful.

They have riches, but they need Jesus.

We need to pray for those in power.

We need to pray for the President and other world leaders.

We need to pray for Congressional and governmental leaders.

They need wisdom and direction, but they need Jesus.

This world needs unity, but it needs Jesus.

This world is temporary.

This world and all things in it will perish.

But people will remain.

God created people for eternity.

He desires all people to be saved.

When this life ends, each individual will be eternally with God in heaven or forever separated from God in hell.

We all need Jesus.

If you do not know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, bow before him today and accept the gift that God has given us in the person of Jesus Christ and the salvation that He offers through the death and resurrection of His Son.

Jesus is alive and well, seated at the father’s right hand and interceding for us.

We all need Jesus.

Turn your focus from the world and live for eternity with hope, joy, and peace that will never end.

Turn to Jesus and allow God to use you as an instrument of truth and light in this needy world.

The world needs Jesus.

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