Tuesday’s Prayers for America (9/9/2014)

Untergang der Titanic ("Sinking of the Titanic") by Willy Stöwer, 1912

Untergang der Titanic (“Sinking of the Titanic”) by Willy Stöwer, 1912

 

If today’s Christians had manned the lifeboats at the sinking of the Titanic in 1912, they would have joined hands in a prayer meeting and prayed 2 Chronicles 7:14, hoping the ship would rise from the depths of the sea. So, they could return to the comforts and good times aboard the luxurious ship.

But the Titanic’s pride in its size and supposed unsinkability,  its bad leadership, and poor planning sent the ship to its doom in the North Atlantic waters in less than three hours. Two thirds of the ship’s passengers and crew perished on that night.

Hello! Wake up! Yahoo! We have the same problems in America today.

And I am not talking about our government’s leaders in Washington, D. C. or at the state and local levels. I am referring to our supposed spiritual leaders and to ourselves. We are looking in our rearview mirrors and not seeing what’s heading toward us.

We need to drop everything and seek the Lord.

Today, I prayed:

Lord, I pray that we Americans who are members of the Laodicean church will open our ears to hear what the Spirit is saying to our churches. (Based on Revelation 3:22)

What do you think and has the Lord spoken to you today?

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for America.

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7 responses to “Tuesday’s Prayers for America (9/9/2014)

  1. Larry, I can’t believe how we are tracking together in prayer the last week or so. Yes, I’ve joined in prayer today and thought of you this morning. I am honored to be on a prayer team for Suzanne Scholte, who is running for congress of the 11th District in Northern Virginia, the suburban of Washington, DC. Suzanne is the same woman I referred readers to when they read Out of North Korea and the novel, I’ll Cross the River. Suzanne won the Seoul Peace Prize for her work in bringing freedom to NK. She is a strong, vibrant Christian and running for congress. When I mentioned in prayer last Tuesday that righteousness in DC seems hopeless, she disagreed. She told us (the prayer team) that God is connecting righteous, Christian, government leaders to each other and really sees God moving on that front. Having said that, the alarms are going off right and left. Jesus warned us not to sleep through them but to get ready, buy the oil, prepare. OK, this is too long! I will make one more comment on the titanic later.

  2. I’d like to share a story about a man who was on the Titanic. A Scotsman named John Harper was born again at age thirteen and at age eighteen had a powerful vision of the cross of Jesus. The very next day he began to preach in his own town and made every street his corner pulpit. (Story taken from The One Year Christian History By E. Michael and Sharon Rusten). John Harper’s friend said he often saw Harper on his face before God crying out, “Give me souls or I die,” and sobbing as though his heart would break.

    John Harper preached at Moody Memory Church in Chicago during a revival in 1911 and was asked to return in April 1912. He actually was to sail on the Lusitania, but due to a schedule change sailed on the Titanic instead.

    Before he sailed, a parishioner who was an intercessor begged Harper not to go because he felt that something ominous would happen if he went. John Harper went despite the man’s pleading.

    The night before the Titanic sank, he was seen on deck leading someone to Christ. When the ship began to sink, Harper removed his life preserver and gave it to another man. The Rustens report, “One man who was clinging to a piece of wood saw Harper struggling in the water. Harper shouted, “Are you saved?” When the man answered no, Harper quoted, Acts 16:31, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.” The man did not respond and they lost sight of each other. A few minutes later the current brought them together again. Harper asked the same question again . . . ”

    John Harper slipped into the dark waters and drowned, but when the man was later rescued he testified that he was John Harper’s last convert.

    You are an intercessor, Larry. You are like the layman who begged Harper not to sail. We need you. We need to listen to what God is saying to you. And if we somehow land on that Titanic when it’s going down, then I hope this story inspires all of us who know Jesus to give away our life preservers and throw out the lifeline to those who do not know the Savior.

  3. Fig Tree Chance

    Oh wowza, fascinating Titantic stories here today. Praying for more good men and women to step up–in Prayer.

  4. Lift the Cross of Jesus,

    I have learned a long time ago that our Lord works on more than one level at the same time. On the one hand, He could encourage a person like Suzanne Scholte to enter politics and give her hope to change the system in Washington, D. C. And on the other hand, the same Lord could tell me there is no hope in politics. We could both be doing the will of God for our generation, even though it looks like we’re at odds with each other right now.

    This is the way the Lord works in people’s lives.

    That is why I try to encourage people not to judge others too quickly, but allow the Lord to work in them. We won’t know what God is doing until later or in heaven.

    For instance, like the Apostle Paul who ignored the warning of Agabus, John Harper ignored the prophetic words of the intercessor. He ended up putting his six-year old daughter in the lifeboat, kissing her goodbye, and then leading people to Christ. The young man that he gave his lifejacket to ended up being one of six people who survived swimming in the cold North Atlantic waters that night, but yet John Harper died.

    Wow! What a great God we serve.

  5. Fig Tree Chance,

    Thanks for your encouragement. God bless you today.

  6. Thank you, Mr. Larry for stirring us up to pray. May I be more and more faithful and tuned in.
    I prayed from Luke 19, the Zacchaesus story. As Z wanted to see who Jesus was, I prayed that I/we would each seek to see who He is for ourselves and not rely just on our teachers and pastors.
    God bless you!

  7. Debbie,

    Thank you. That is a great prayer and I agree with you. God bless you.

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