It occurred to me this morning that the most important activity happening in the financial sector of our country right now is not the meltdown on Wall Street so many investors fear. It’s the prayers of the spiritually minded at work dissolving those fears and restoring peace of mind about the future of our economy.
When crisis hits, it’s tempting to get caught up into the disaster of the moment. Even this morning, the front page of my local newspaper headlined the downfall of WaMu. We have money in that bank. So, I ask, what is most helpful? To panic, worry and fret? Or to pray for calm and peace of mind that enables me and others to make sound wise financial decisions? I believe the latter.
The more all of us buckle down in prayer and refuse to go hysterical over the calamity facing the markets, the sooner sanity and wisdom will take over and redirect the economy of our world in a progressive direction that better serves humanity.
No doubt, many mistakes have been made. Gross sins need to be recognized that got us into this mess. But the path to a sound economy is not the route of red-hot anger, self-righteous finger-pointing, futility, or resignation to defeat. The road to reliable prosperity is the path of increased wisdom, morality, sound reasoning and spiritual mindedness. These virtues lived and practiced, lead to healing, and they come to us in the quietness of prayer.
Will you join me in a few quiet moments of prayer today for the integrity of our economy?
God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble.
Therefore will not we fear, though the earth be removed, and though the mountains be carried into the midst of the sea; Though the waters thereof roar and be troubled, though the mountains shake with the swelling thereof.
Be still, and know that I am God: I will be exalted among the heathen, I will be exalted in the earth. The Lord of hosts is with us; the God of Jacob is our refuge. Psalms