Have you ever asked yourself, “What’s wrong with his world”? As we think about recent events; the bombing in Boston, the polarization of our society, the inability of our politicians to accomplish anything meaningful, shootings on what seem like a monthly, if not weekly basis, it is easy for us to become disgusted with our culture. We listen to the hollow explanations given by the mainstream media and the knee-jerk solutions proposed by our elected officials and we only grow more disillusioned. We want to scream out. We want to shake someone and say, “Listen to what you’re saying”. We want someone to do something, to stop the madness, to bring viable solutions to the table. We want resolution. Ultimately, we want to know what happened. We want someone to tell us How we got here, and, more importantly, how we are going to get out of the mess we are in.
Scripture tells us the proper response to all of this begins with prayer. It is through prayer that the Holy Spirit can illuminate God’s Word and show us a path out of the difficulty we are in. But here’s the problem – prayer requires us to begin the search for answers within our own heart. True intercession forces us to look deep within ourselves, and when we do, we often find something very disturbing. We discover that lurking there just under the surface is our own: pride, selfishness, prejudice and so on. It is then that we realize, as G.K. Chesterton noted when asked the same question by The Times, that the answer to the question, “What’s wrong with the world”, is often, “I am.”