Is Revival the Answer for America’s Problems? (Part 2)

All of which seems to put the responsibility  directly upon each of us who has a personal relationship with our Saviour – much as we like to blame the immorality of others for the precipitous rate of decline. But the responsibility is ours, and it always has been. When Solomon Stoddard once challenged Increase Mather on this very point, pointing out that the covenanted Christians in seventeenth century New  England were only a fraction of the population, Mather retorted that, nevertheless, that fraction was sufficient to “stand for the entire land” and “redeem the whole.” (The Light and the Glory by Peter Marshall and David Manuel, Revell Publishing, 1977, pp. 356)

In 605 BC, the teenager Daniel and his three teenage friends, Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah,  were taken as captives to Babylonia. There, because of their good looks and intelligence, the four were chosen to be advisers at the royal palace to  King Nebuchadnezzar

Sadly, according to the historian, Josephus, the four youths were castrated and made eunuchs. This was a Babylonian policy at the time to insure that Hebrew leaders had no offspring and could never set up a line of succession.

Ouch, huh? But even more than the pain and the loss of masculinity, another problem arose for Daniel.

He who is emasculated by crushing or mutilation shall not enter the assembly of the LORD. (Deuteronomy 23:1)

Under the Law, Daniel could not enter the Temple in Jerusalem. He was an outcast, much like a leper. The Jewish priests in Babylonia would have known this fact about him and they would have shunned him and thought of him as unclean.

Yet, who did the Lord pick to be His chosen intercessor to end Israel’s Babylonian captivity? The nearly ninety year old eunuch: Daniel.

First, I believe part of the answer for America’s problems is:

Then I set my face toward the Lord God to make request by prayer and supplications, with fasting, sackcloth, and ashes. (Daniel 9:3)

Like Daniel, we American believers need to bow down and mourn our sins. We need to quit pointing our fingers at politicians, gays, abortionists, atheists, the media, and whoever else, and weep over our own mistakes.

You see, we Christians have surrendered our prophetic roles and have  submitted ourselves under today’s culture in the name of tolerance and peace. We should be ashamed and unable to even look at ourselves in mirrors.

Then, I believe we need to pray like Daniel did:

O Lord, we American believers have sinned and done wrong. We have rebelled against You and scorned Your commands and regulations. We have refused to listen.

Lord, You are in the right; but as You see, our faces are covered with shame. This is true of all of us believers in America.

O Lord, our leaders are covered with shame because we believers have sinned against You. Therefore, the Lord has brought upon us disasters You prepared for us. The Lord our God was right to do all of these things, for we did not obey You.

O my God, lean down and listen to us American believers. Open Your eyes and see our despair. We make this plea, not because we deserve Your help, but because of Your mercy. (Daniel 9:5-18 paraphrased)

No one can guarantee that God will send revival to America. At best, this is an iffy hope, one which we believers have clutched with iron like grips for thirty years. If revival comes to America, great! But what if it doesn’t, then what?

All through the Bible, the one act which has tugged on God’s heart and changed His mind about judgment for nations, has been repentance. Can we afford to do anything less than this right now?

Consider joining with us on Tuesdays as we fast, pray, and mourn for America’s sins.

(Conclusion)

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13 responses to “Is Revival the Answer for America’s Problems? (Part 2)

  1. “……we American believers need to bow down and mourn our sins.”

    True. We Australians too …. unless we do, we have no spiritual power & authority and we are no witness. Therein is our problem, but how many loathe facing up to it.

    This may interest your readers, Larry. http://www.714-project.com/default.html

    Thanks.

  2. Roger,

    Thanks. Your link is a blessing.

  3. Reading this and crying some more. Don’t think I should limit myself to Tuesdays. I just read another post about repentance. I think He is telling me something. God bless you, Larry, as you bow down in repentance today. It matters.

  4. Debbie,

    Thanks for telling me it matters because I really believe it does.

  5. “If my people”, Some Additional Things.

    In a post I posted a little while ago, I posted regarding the need for repentance and quoted such scriptures as 2 Chronicles 7:14. However, as I was going through my journal I found a vision from June of 2009 that the Lord had given me that I think fits here as part of the original, ” If My People” posting. In this vision I saw 2 groups of people facing one another. The people were in lines opposite one another. Each person in each line were holding signs and on the signs were accusations and insults accusing and insulting the people on the opposing side. In addition to holding the signs, the people on each side were yelling insulting remarks and making accusations. While they were doing this, what they did not see was that the country around them was being destroyed by the ravages of sin, freedoms were being taken away but neither side could see it because they were too distracted by being focused on insulting and accusing one another.

    To revisit 2 Chronicles 7:14, it says If My people( a unified body of believers not splinter groups of warring factions) shall humble themselves. I remember hearing the Lord say on July 4th of 2009 while I was watching the fireworks, ” this is the last year you will celebrate as a united nation” It was shortly after that, that I had a dream and in the dream I saw the United states as a puzzle much like you would have seen when you were a kid and your parents bought you a puzzle of the United States so that you could learn your geography. Only in this dream I saw puzzle pieces, representing states, disappearing from the puzzle board leaving gaps in the puzzle. In other words, the puzzle that showed a united nation now showed states missing. I also saw an angel with a drawn sword standing over the United States and he was near the east coast where Washington D.C.is.

    Getting back to the people accusing and insulting one another what got the attention of Isaiah the prophet was the death of King Uzziah. In Isaiah 6:1 it is that Isaiah saw the Lord in the year King Uzziah died. He saw the Lord high and lifted up and the train of His robe filled the temple. Thus it would seem that it was the tragedy of King Uzziah’s death that caused Isaiah to look upward and, “see the Lord” After his upward gaze seeing the Lord, he says, “woe is me”, here Isaiah sees his own sin and was humbled in the presence of a Holy and Righteous God. The closer one gets to the Lord, the more of His holiness we behold and the more of our sinfulness we see. If you look at the chapters preceding this one, Isaiah’s pet phrase seemed to be, “woe to you”.

    Isa_3:9 The shew of their countenance doth witness against them; and they declare their sin as Sodom, they hide it not. Woe unto their soul! for they have rewarded evil unto themselves.
    Isa_3:11 Woe unto the wicked! it shall be ill with him: for the reward of his hands shall be given him.
    Isa_5:8 Woe unto them that join house to house, that lay field to field, till there be no place, that they may be placed alone in the midst of the earth!
    Isa_5:11 Woe unto them that rise up early in the morning, that they may follow strong drink; that continue until night, till wine inflame them!
    Isa_5:18 Woe unto them that draw iniquity with cords of vanity, and sin as it were with a cart rope:
    Isa_5:20 Woe unto them that call evil good, and good evil; that put darkness for light, and light for darkness; that put bitter for sweet, and sweet for bitter!
    Isa_5:21 Woe unto them that are wise in their own eyes, and prudent in their own sight!
    Isa_5:22 Woe unto them that are mighty to drink wine, and men of strength to mingle strong drink:

    After seeing the Lord in the splendor of His holiness, Isaiah says, “woe is me”.

    We all need a “woe is me” revelation or we will never get past our own self-righteous religious attitudes which condemn one another and ultimately destroy one another while the world around us is being destroyed.

    After this revelation the Lord was able to say, “Whom shall I send and Who will go for us” , to which Isaiah responds, “here am I, send me”.

    What is it going to take for us to see the Lord? How bad do things have to get before we see the Lord? 911 was a brief moment were it seemed that we saw the Lord, however, it did not last and things seem to be back as they had been before.

    Jesus said that all would know that we were His disciples by the Love we had one for another. If we are going to be used by the Lord to minister to a lost and dying world, we need to see the Lord, have our, “woe is me moment” and then say, here am I , send me.

  6. Tony,

    Thanks for your valuable input.

  7. I think I remember reading or hearing this one time, or maybe I came up with it myself, but I doubt it. Hard to keep track of all I know. 🙂

    We may not be able to impact the world but we can start by drawing a circle around ourselves and then do all to impact everything within that circle.

  8. Mike,

    Thanks. I totally agree.

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  10. Thank you for this post. I shared it with my prayer group this morning and we prayed the paraphrase of Daniel’s prayer–knowing one morning’s group prayer is only a start and one day of fasting is only a start. However, at this point we have no recourse but to begin where we are–and to trust God will lead us step by step. He can open our–my–eyes to see my failure to pray in the past–failure to look beyond the gooey “God bless America” mentality and failure to grasp the seriousness of our call.

    Truthfully, at this point I’m not as concerned about the political policy as about the selfishness of party leaders and their appeal to the selfishness of the voters. I will never again support a candidate who says he’ll go to Washington to fight for me.

    And I’m no longer as concerned for our nation as I am for the millions of people living here. God established this nation to be an instrument for establishing His kingdom. If we’ve lost that mission, our concern must be the people. Souls last forever, and God desires them. He desires us. But we won’t come to Him without repentant hearts. We need broken and contrite hearts–and perhaps the state of our nation will finally bring us to our knees.

    So, once again, thanks.

  11. Solveig,

    Thanks. The early Puritans truly believed America was an instrument for establishing God’s kingdom on earth. When things went wrong, they sought God on what was wrong with them. We need to do the same.

  12. “We may not be able to impact the world but we can start by drawing a circle around ourselves and then do all to impact everything within that circle.”

    Amen brother…

  13. Don,

    Thanks. I agree with that statement.

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