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12/9/14 at 11:55 PM 3 Comments

Avril Lavigne Asks for Prayer

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 On Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014, pop sensation, Avril Lavgine took to Twitter reaching out to her fans, to ask for prayer.

Billboard.com quoted the music artist as saying, “I feel bad because I haven’t been able to say anything to the fans to let them no [sic] why I’ve been absent. I’m torn as I’m quite private…. I’m not feeling well. I’m having some health issues. So please keep me in your prayers.”

It is interesting to me how someone with a bad-girl image like Avril, thinks of prayer when times get tough.

Like many pop icons, such as Justin Bieber, Katy Perry, the Jonas Brothers, Selena Gomez, Brittany Spears, the Kardashians, Miley Cyrus, Ryan Tedder (OneRepublic), Justin Timberlake, Carrie Underwood and others, Avril was raised with a Christian influence.

According to Billboard, Avril was "Born into a devout Christian household in the small town of Napanee, Ontario, Lavigne sharpened her vocal talents in church choirs, local festivals, and county fairs."

It seems when people hit bumps in the road of life, they often, at least temporarily, turn back to the faith they have sometimes fought so hard against. In recent days, following their relational breakup, Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez have been seen in church, reconnecting with pastors they respect, and tweeting sermon quotes. The same is true for Kim Kardashian. What drives this?

Personally, I believe it is part of the promise God made in Isaiah 55:11 (ESV):

"So shall my word be that goes out from my mouth; it shall not return to me empty, but it shall accomplish that which I purpose, and shall succeed in the thing for which I sent it."

Many people are exposed to the teachings of the Bible but reject it because of hypocrisy they see in their parents or other Christian leaders. Some have been hurt by the church, or have failed to see the reality of Christ consistently lived out in and through professing believers. It sometimes seems that the more deeply entrenched some people are in dead religion, the more vehemently they attempt to reject Christianity altogether.

But I believe that God's Spirit is still reaching out to these individuals. They are not beyond His reach. I trust that those of us who are Christians will not be so disgusted by their sinful lifestyles or decisions or beliefs or actions that we refuse to pray for them. In my view, if this dear lady is asking for us to pray for her, then by all means we should do so. My prayer for her is not only that she will receiving physical healing for her body, but more importantly, whatever hurts she has experienced in her life, especially from professing Christians, will be healed, and she will see Jesus for Who He really is, not who she has imagined Him to be.

I pray for her that this sickness will show her that she is not all-sufficient in herself. We are all weak and vulnerable. We all need a healer. We are all sinful, and rebellious in our hearts against God. We need a Savior. Fame, fortune and fans are not replacement for faith.

"And without faith it is impossible to please Him, for whoever would draw near to God must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who seek Him." (Heb. 11:6, ESV)

My prayer for these individuals is that they would humble themselves, admit their great need (as we all must) and come home to Jesus.

"God resists the proud, but He gives grace to the humble." (James 4:6, ESV)

Israel Wayne is an Author and Conference Speaker and Director of Family Renewal. He is the Site Editor for www.ChristianWorldview.net

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