When I scroll social media, which is admittedly too often, my heart breaks at what I see. Posts filled with anger, fear, and hatred overwhelm me. Images that I stumble upon make me physically cringe. The facts about online sexual predators targeting children and human trafficking make me sick. The arguments around politics and politicians are nauseating. Racial injustice is running rampant through our cities. And the war on COVID has left us so incredibly broken that I wonder if I will even get to see humanity restored in my lifetime. Most of the time, I only have the strength to muster up one prayer: Stir, Holy Spirit, Stir!
Yes, the only thing I can think of when I see these sad and horrific things is to call upon the Holy Spirit to literally stir in the hearts of every believer. I imagine believers across the world who, when this prayer is said, will literally feel something stir inside of them. A feeling felt in their soul. Something they can’t quite shake. A feeling that continues to get stronger and requires them to act. Something that makes them question their current habits and calls them into a higher version of themselves. It’s a big prayer.
Who is every believer?
To me, a believer can be defined in many ways and it might not be the way you are picturing. My vision of the Holy Spirit stirring is BIG with this prayer. And to be this grand – we must include all believers.
- Someone who doubts Christ.
- Someone who thinks about Jesus.
- The person who questions God.
- Someone who thinks about but has never or rarely goes to church.
- Someone who is angry with God.
- The person who is confused about Christianity.
- The person who feels too broken to be loved by Christ.
- Someone who is a sinner. (Spoiler alert – that’s all of us!)
- Someone who grew up Christian.
- The person who converted to Christianity.
- Someone who is on fire for the Lord.
- Someone who openly loves Jesus.
- The person who GOD has defined as a believer even if they don’t know it yet.
“You don’t have enough faith,” Jesus told them. “I tell you the truth, if you had faith even as small as a mustard seed, you could say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there,’ and it would move. Nothing would be impossible.”Matthew 17:20 – NLT
Yes, my prayer covers this list of people because even someone with faith as small as a mustard seed has God-given power to do things in Jesus’s name. We need the Holy Spirit to mobilize everyone. No one is perfect. If you have doubts, anger, and frustration in the faith – that’s ok. But every believer is needed in this world now more than ever. No matter how big your faith appears to be on the outside. It’s the mustard seed stirring in the inside that counts.
And frankly, it’s time. It’s time to rise up: as a community, as a faith, as humanity. It’s time to heal our personal pasts and think about how we can move forward for the future.
If you are reading this, I pray the Holy Spirit stirs within you, too.