12
Sep
09

Somewhere Out There

fievel1When our daughter was younger, we were all about keeping up with the latest Disney movies.  We watched and had the videos for Lion King, Beauty and the Beast, The Little Mermaid, and Jungle Book to name a few.  Now that she is a college junior, we don’t have to get into all the movies, video games and accessories that are marketed to the kids.  In some ways I miss those days…simplicity and innocence.

Today, however, I received a phone call that reminded of a scene from one of those children’s movies from the past.  An American Tail, the 1986 animated feature by Universal Pictures, stars Fievel, a Russian mouse who gets separated from his family on their immigration voyage to America.  In one scene Fievel and his sister sing a song entitled, “Somewhere Out There” as they look up at the same moon shining down on them.  The lyrics that come to mind are,

And even though I know how very far apart we are

It helps to think we might be wishing on the same bright star

What’s my point?  The call I received was from one or our support staff members who was relaying a prayer request.  One of our men is working in Pakistan and called his wife to tell her they needed prayer and to ask people in our church to pray for him and others who are there.  My thoughts went to this song when I began to pray and to think that my prayers were touching the throne of God even as other’s were…and the prayers of those in Pakistan.

Somewhere out there prayers are going before the throne and God is responding to the needs of His people.  I am encouraged when I consider the promises of God’s word in this regard.

Hebrews 4:16

Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.

Matthew 18:19

Again I say unto you, That if two of you shall agree on earth as touching any thing that they shall ask, it shall be done for them of my Father which is in heaven.

We have a great privilege and power in prayer.  We have a responsibility to be people of prayer.  Looking to heaven in prayer closes the distance between us and those for whom we pray.  It closes the distance between us and the God who answers prayer.

Fievel was reunited with his family and they lived happily ever after.  Prayer is no fairytale, and it’s not about living “happily ever after” in this life, but prayer does bring to bear the power of God upon the circumstances of life.  I’m glad I can touch the throne and the lives of others wherever they are.

James 5:16
Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed.  The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.
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