While sitting in the dentist’s office, I chatted with an elderly Christian lady.
“I’ve had a great life,” she said. “But with the direction America is now heading, I worry about the quality of lives my children and grandchildren will have in the future.”
I agreed and put my two cents into the conversation mix.
“Well, I’m praying for God’s mercy to fall on America so that my children and grandchildren will have lives like I had. You know, lives filled with happiness and prosperity,” she said, summing up her feelings.
The receptionist stepped into the waiting room, ending the conversation.
Okay, let’s say for discussion’s sake, her prayers along with millions of other like-minded Christians hit the middle of God’s bullseye on His throne-room prayer target. Lights flash. Bells ring. Sirens blare. Trumpets blast. Angels are dispatched.
Next, let’s say that President Obama, all the Senators, all the House Representatives, Vice President Joe Biden, Chris Matthews, Keith Obermann, Katie Couric, Brian Williams, George Soros, the MoveOn.org crew, Arianna Huffington and the Huffington Post gang, Jeremiah Wright and the whole New York Times news organization get saved. Gloriously and radically saved.
Also, let’s say that every church barrier in America is torn down. We Christians finally walk in unity, and actually love each other.
“Hallelujah!” you shout, standing on your feet, clapping your hands.
But now what?
Will America’s historical destiny return to pre-911 or pre-2008 election conditions?
You see, there’s a new wind blowing. Americans, especially us Christians, are not heading back to the good old days. The past is done. It’s over. Forget about it. Move on. It’s a new day in our nation.
Jesus is refining us Christians and reforming His Church. To achieve what He has in mind, a glorious Bride without spot or wrinkle, it will take pressure. Painful, extreme pressure. Much like the kind that turns lumps of coal into sparkling diamonds.
Where will this extreme pressure come from? Financial problems. Government problems. Church problems. Terrorism. And much more.
And guess what? The diamond making process takes time, lots of it.
So, if you want, you can utter prayers much like the elderly lady is praying. At least, you’re praying, right?
But if you want Your prayers to soar up through the roof of your house and touch heaven’s throne room, pray something like this:
Lord, build Your church in America so that the gates of Hell will not prevail against it.
Swimming Upstream appears at this blog site on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It’s a little of this and a little of that, all written to encourage and exhort believers in their Christian journeys.