Massachusetts Air National Guardsman Jack Teixeira has created one of the greatest classified document leaks in American history. It has endangered military servicemen and women overseas, ruptured trust from our nation’s allies, and provided propaganda and valuable war information to Russia. However, during his last chat conversation with those in the chat group (where this entire debacle started), he mentioned God and prayer. What are we to make out of someone who talks about God and prayer considering such a horrible crime.
“Guys, it’s been good. I love you all,” Teixeira said to the chat group, according to Fox News. “I never wanted it to get like this. I prayed to God that this would never happen. And I prayed and prayed and prayed. Only God can decide what happens from now on.”
It is true that prayer changes things and we are, as Christians, called to pray for Teixeira as well. We know God has a plan and purpose for our lives (Jeremiah 29:11). We also are convinced, based on Sacred Scripture, that God allows the consequences of our sins and actions to take place. Decisions have consequences and this young man, at the age of 21-years-old, made a terrible decision which has severe consequences.
Many people use the “I prayed” phrase when times are hard. They accuse God of not listening or answering their prayers. They claim God does not care when their prayers are not answered the way they want. Remember, God’s answered prayer may very well be “no” to our requests. He will answer. He always answers. It just may be a different answer than what we want to hear or desire to happen.
Whether we are angry at him, have compassion on him, or just do not care about the situation at all, we are Christians. We are to be the hands and feet of Christ and as we come up on Divine Mercy Sunday, we are to pray for his soul. Pray for his life. Pray that he surrenders to God and begs for mercy. We are to seek the redemption of his soul through prayer and not spew out the venom of condemnation and hate upon him.
“Lord Jesus, you sacrificed your life as the sacrificial lamb upon the cross of Calvary for the redemption of our souls. Your mercy extends to all who seek it and desire it. It is not your will for any to perish, but for all to receive eternal life through your blood that flowed down the cross and soaked into the ground. I ask, Almighty God, that you draw Jack Teixeira into a state of heartfelt repentance, and you shower your grace and mercy upon him when he comes to you. I know, Eternal Prince of Peace, that his family is suffering as well, and I pray for peace and grace to rain down from your throne upon them. Draw them close to you, Christ Jesus. Lord protect them from any retaliatory actions from those who are angry about this.
I trust that your mercy endures forever and that, although the acts he has committed are grievous and place many lives in danger, that you protect those lives which are endangered by this leak and surround them with your holy angels and saints. His life too, Lord Jesus, has dignity, value, and worth and I pray that he will see just how valuable he is to you. He will surrender in humility to the love you poured out during your passion for his redemption. I pray that he will see he still has value because you gave him, and all of us, value with your life.
Lord, I ask, and trust, that you will minimize the danger of these leaks and ask that you protect this country. Lord, have mercy. Jesus, I trust in you.”