The #1 prayer request that KLOVE receives is related to hopelessness. “That’s the #1 problem we have in our nation,” Mike Novak, President told a group of supporters in Kansas City. “We’re fighting hopelessness.” The radio network has an extensive ministry staff of 8 pastors that fielded over 400,000 prayer requests calls in 2013.
There were 668 calls related to suicide during that time. Our nation is fighting hopelessness. Where does hopelessness come from? Hope is defined as the ability to look forward to with desire and reasonable confidence.
When you lose hope, you lose your will to live. Hopelessness has gripped our nation with the suicide rate that has increased by 30% from 1999 to 2010, among Americans ages 35 to 64. There were 17.6 deaths per 100,000 people, up from 13.7. Although suicide rates are growing among both middle-aged men and women, far more men take their own lives.
Why is our nation fighting hopelessness? Why would more people choose to die rather than live? Where is the light of the world in this darkness?
God’s people, the Jews, have a long history of enduring long seasons of hopelessness under tyrants. They endured a campaign of systematic extinction yet God still had a remnant. We have lost hope in our economy, our military and our government. Our only alternative is God.
KLOVE and Air1 radio can be heard anywhere around the world. One of the pastors shared that he had recently talked a woman in South Africa out of taking her life. She had no one to call.
You and I can be the hope in a dark world. You don’t need to be perfect or a super-spiritual giant. You just need to care.
I believe we are poised for another awakening in our nation that will not look like any other move of God on the earth. And I believe the heartbeat will be love and care carried with holiness and the fear of God.
In the book of Acts, everyone feared the baby church. But the baby church was known by it’s love and laying down their lives for one another. The mark of disciplesip was love. “By this all men will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another.” John 13:35
Let’s be the hope and love that we’re called to be. When we love, we bring hope. When we love, we disciple.
Here are some questions for further insight:
1. How can we practically love one another?
2. What does laying your life down look like?
3. What’s the new commandment that God gave? (See John 13:34)