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Prayers for America (5/24/2018)

 

In the early 1990’s, Larry Burkett told a story on his radio program, “Money Matters,” that still sends shivers down my spine. Burkett had attended a local church and heard a Chinese man tell his testimony.

It seems the man was a lieutenant of Mao Zedong when Mao’s communist army defeated Chiang Kai-Shek and took control of China. Mao then set out to cleanse China of all imperialist influences, especially American connections. Missionaries were sent home or killed. Chinese pastors were imprisoned or killed. Christians were killed. Political leaders, people who had visited America or attended schools there were killed.  Historians estimate 40,000,000 Chinese were executed by Mao during his various purges.

The man, who told this testimony, was chosen by Mao as one of the leaders in the rural purges. He dispatched his tasks with cruel efficiency. But some Christians focused their prayers on him and he was miraculously saved. So convinced was the man that Christ was the answer for China he decided to return to Peking (Beijing) and tell Mao the good news of Jesus.

Mao was not impressed with his lieutenant’s message and commanded him to renounce his new found faith. The man refused and said, “I cannot deny the experience I’ve had with Jesus.”

Mao brought his wife and children before the man. Soldiers stood behind his family with guns aimed at their heads. Once again, Mao asked the man to renounce his faith. The man fell to his knees and said, “Please do not kill my family, but I cannot deny Jesus.”

His family was executed before his eyes.

Next, his parents, brothers, sisters and their families were brought before the man with soldiers standing behind them with guns at their heads. Mao insisted the man renounce Jesus. The man refused. His entire family was executed before his eyes.

All of his friends and their families were placed in front of him, but still he would not renounce Christ. They were executed.

Then, Mao decided death was too good for the man. He was stripped naked and placed in a cold cell. Once a day, guards were ordered to beat him.

His imprisonment and beatings continued for fifteen years. During that time, the man led 90% of the guards to Christ and the guards even risked their own freedoms by bringing Bibles to him.

When he finally emerged from prison, he walked down a road, heading toward his hometown. As he walked, people in the fields next to the road, fell to their knees and cried out to be saved by Jesus. Yet, the man said nothing because the presence of God was so heavy upon him that he just continued to walk.

Larry Burkett said that when the Chinese man finished his testimony he was asked, “What do you think of our American churches?”

The man gazed at the audience with tears in his eyes. “You American Christians do not know the Jesus I know,” he said.

My prayer today:

Lord, help us Americans to know the Jesus of the Book of Revelation and to not be offended by what He does in the end-times and by what He doesn’t do.

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

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

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Prayers for America (3/29/2018)

 

Americans love the Bible, but they don’t read it very much. That’s the findings in the latest Barna State of the Bible 2017 report.

Barna used phone interviews and online surveys to learn that only one in five Americans open their Bibles at least four times per week. Pretty sad, right?

My prayer today:

Lord, stir up our American hearts to be like the Bereans so that we examine the Scriptures daily to learn the truth. (Based on Acts 17:10-11

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

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Prayers for America (3/15/2018)

Did you know a murderer wrote the first five books of the Bible? Or that a murderer, adulterer, and liar wrote half of the Psalms? Or that a murderer and blasphemer wrote almost half of the New Testament?

Yet, we believers accept the writings of Moses, King David, and the Apostle Paul as the living Word of God for our lives.

Today, the major media, Democrats, Republicans, and other critics have been slamming President Donald Trump with a constant barrage of negatives for over a year and a half. They have dug up his past and guess what? Like Moses, David, and Paul, it stinks.

There is an ongoing investigation with no end in sight by Robert Mueller into a Russia connection. The Democrats are even threatening him with impeachment if the House of Representatives becomes their domain once again. It never seems to end.

Who is behind all of this?

I believe what we are seeing is God stripping a man in front of a whole nation, much like He did King David.

What do you think Israel was saying about David when they learned of his adultery with Bathsheba or his murder of her husband, Uriah? I would guess the CNNs, the New York Times, and Washington Posts of his day were calling for his impeachment!

But after the stripping was finished, God said about King David:

For David, after he had served the purpose of God in his own generation, fell asleep and was laid with his fathers (Acts 13:36)

I believe that God chose Donald Trump to be the President of the United States. I feel one of the biggest reasons God did so was that Trump would take a stand for Israel and move the U.S. embassy from Tel Aviv to Jerusalem.

I also believe that if we keep praying for President Trump, we will see a man changed by the Holy Spirit in the White House.

My prayer today:

Lord, help American believers to understand that You have begun a good work in Donald Trump and that you are well able to complete Your work in him. (Based on Philippians 1:6)

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

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Prayers for America (2/15/2018)

Today, Americans are saddened by yesterday’s murderous events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It truly breaks my heart to know seventeen people died because of one tormented young man.

But I noticed something trending on Facebook and other sites which caused me to take a second look. The somethings people were posting were takeoffs from this article at Huffington Post: “People Sick of ‘Thoughts and Prayers’ Demand Action.”

For thus says the LORD of hosts: Yet once more, in a little while, I will shake the heavens and the earth and the sea and the dry land. And I will shake all nations, so that the treasures of all nations shall come in, and I will fill this house with glory, says the LORD of hosts. (Haggai 2:6-7)

There is no doubt in my mind that God is shaking America.

This does not mean that God encouraged the young man to murder people yesterday because He did not. But because God is not the god of America or of this world, our prayerless lethargy and apathy bore its evil fruit of destruction at that school.

What should we do?

Should we seek God with fasting, prayers, weeping, and deep repentance on our parts or should we seek more government control over us in hopes politicians will somehow protect us.

We will either go one way or the other on this.

My prayer today:

Lord, help American believers to humble ourselves with fasting, and to pray and seek Your face and to turn from our wicked ways so that You will hear our voices in heaven, forgive our sin, and heal our land. (Based on 2 Chronicles 7:14)

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

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Prayers for America (1/11/2018)

Then Jesus told this story: “A man planted a fig tree in his garden and came again and again to see if there was any fruit on it, but he was always disappointed. Finally, he said to his gardener, ‘I’ve waited three years, and there hasn’t been a single fig! Cut it down. It’s just taking up space in the garden.’

“The gardener answered, ‘Sir, give it one more chance. Leave it another year, and I’ll give it special attention and plenty of fertilizer. If we get figs next year, fine. If not, then you can cut it down.’” (Luke 13:6-8 NLT)

My prayer today:

Lord, we cry out to our Father, the Vinedresser, to give America one more chance. Do whatever You must do to change our hearts so we turn to You once again.

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

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The New Weekly Columnist at WND Is Me

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Somehow, I stumbled upon WND thirteen years ago. I immediately bookmarked the website and have been a regular reader ever since. Over the years, it has become my go-to website for news and commentary. I truly believe it’s the best!

Joseph Farah, CEO and Founder, is a godly man who loves Jesus, America, and Israel. His commentary is a must-read for me every morning. If you have not read any of his commentaries, check them out.

The other weekly columnists are some of the best in the news industry. I enjoy them all and love how they stretch my views on various subjects.

Today, my first weekly column appears on WND. You can read it here.

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Prayers for Soon Coming Calamities in America (11/28/2017)

Katrina was an eye opening calamity for many Americans. It made us realize the frailty and insufficiency of our disaster preparedness plans. The storm simply overmatched and exposed many of the shortcomings of federal, state, and local governments and businesses. 

Some of our lack of preparedness is due to a too-busy society overwhelmed by other problems and unwilling to take the time to prepare…but some of it is the belief the government will step in and handle the problems. 

Once again, the number one lesson we must learn from Hurricane Katrina is that our federal, state, and local governments are neither good nor fast First Responders for calamities. They will eventually show up, but for many of us, it may be too late.

Who are the best First Responders for any natural or terrorist catastrophes? The answers: you and I.

And you shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your mind, and with all your strength.’ This is the first commandment. And the second, like it, is this: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no other commandment greater than these. (Mark 12:30-31)

(Excerpt from Planning + Preparation = Survival by Larry Nevenhoven, © 2013, Amazon eBook)

My prayer today:

Lord, help us to love our neighbors enough to introduce ourselves and make friendships with them before calamity strikes.

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

Join with me on Tuesdays to fast and pray for American believers’ eyes to be opened.

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