“In Rama was there a voice heard, lamentation, and weeping, and great mourning, Rachel weeping for her children, and would not be comforted, because they are not.”
The impact of Jesus’ birth was felt by all. When the wise men came to give their gifts to Jesus, the only way they could find him was to ask Herod where He was born. They asked Herod, “Where is he that is born King of the Jews?” This question not only startled Herod, but it also angered him because his jealousy and paranoia caused him to think that Jesus was going to take his throne. The fear that Jesus would take his throne led to the proclamation that every child two years old and under should be killed. There is no doubt that this proclamation affected every family in Israel. The anger and hurt that those whose babies were killed must have been great. There is little doubt in my mind that the parents must have felt helpless because what could they do to bring justice to their deceased children.
However, the verse above says, “In Rama was there a voice heard…” This voice that was heard was more than people hearing the wailing of parents whose babies were ripped from their arms to be killed, but this voice was also heard by God. Though these parent’s had no power to bring justice to Herod, God had the power to make him pay for these atrocities. History says that after this event Herod was stricken with an excruciating illness that took his life. Though these people were helpless and powerless, the power they had was their weeping voice. Their weeping voices of prayer brought power to the powerless, and justice to the wickedness of the wicked.
Do you feel at times that you are powerless to handle your situation? It can certainly seem at times that there is no one to help you because you are not in a position of power. My friend, let me remind you that the power you have is in your voice. No, I am not talking about starting a petition to remove a leader, but I am talking about taking your situation to God in prayer because He hears the voices of prayer. Let me give you two reminders about the power of your voice.
First, God hears the voice of His children. You may think your prayers are fruitless and futile, but He hears the voice of those who cry out to Him for help. You may feel helpless, but you have more power in the voice of prayer than if you held a position that enabled you to step in. God knew how to bring justice to Herod, and He also knows about to bring justice to your situation. You may feel that no one can deal with the abusive authorities in your life, but God hears your voice and is very capable of working in their lives, both in a good and bad way.
Second, don’t let your feeling of helplessness discourage you from praying. Prayer is more powerful than you can imagine. Prayer is what brings justice to the injustices of life. Prayer is what turns hopeless situations into productive opportunities. Prayer is what turns a dead-end relationship into a productive and joyful relationship. Pray is the Believer’s secret weapon that brings hope to a hopeless situation.
Let me ask you, what is the situation you face right now that makes you feel powerless? The power you have is your voice. God hears your voice of prayer and will answer it if you will not let your helplessness silence your voice. The helpless saint can find justice and power in the closet of prayer. You always have hope in prayer because God hears the voice of prayer.