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Prayers for America (11/15/2018)

Everyone needs to make up his or her own mind about today’s America. It’s either the worst of times or the best of times for us Christians. Our decisions on this question will determine our attitudes and actions in the days ahead.

For me, Marine Lt. General Chesty Puller’s statement during the bloody battle of Peleliu summarizes my attitude:

“All right, they’re on our left, they’re on our right, they’re in front of us, they’re behind us…they can’t get away this time.”

My prayer today:

Lord, open the eyes of Christians to show them that they have been chosen by You for such a time as this to win great victories for Your kingdom. (Based on Esther 4:14)

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

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Prayers for America (11/8/2018)

If a modern-day Jonah walked through our cities, proclaiming, “Yet forty days and this city will be no more,” would anyone pay attention to him? Would anyone seek the Lord? Would anyone repent?

My prayer today:

Lord, open up the ears of American believers to hear what the Spirit is saying to our nation. (Based on Revelation 2:7)

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

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Prayers for the American Church (10/30/2018)

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Photograph of Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton, NS. Taken the morning of October 28, 2005

Two plagues erupted in Nineveh in 765 BC and 759BC. Plus  a total eclipse of the sun occurred on June 15, 763 BC. All of these were considered signs of a divine anger against the Assyrian city.

This may explain why the people of Nineveh were so willing to repent when the prophet Jonah walked through the city in 759 BC, proclaiming, “Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be overthrown.”

At the time, Nineveh was the largest city in Assyria, which was Israel’s hated enemy. The city was impregnable. It had double walls with the inside wall being 100-feet high and 50-feet wide. It had twelve-hundred 200-foot towers spaced along the sixty-mile circumference of the inside wall. Over a hundred-thousand people (maybe as many as five hundred-thousand) lived inside the walls and grew crops there. The city could sustain a military siege almost forever.

How is it that a pagan super-power could listen to the words of a reluctant prophet and had enough spiritual vision to change, but America with all of its churches, Christian TV and radio stations, Bibles and so forth only listens to prophetic voices that scratch its itching ears with teachings it wants to hear?

My prayer today:

Lord, remove the spirit of stupor from the American church so that its eyes can see and its ears can hear what the Spirit is saying to the church. (Based on Romans 11:8)

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Prayers for America (10/25/2018)

 

Central America Migrant Caravan

Honduran immigrants pray in an improvised shelter in Chiquimula, Guatemala, on October 16, 2018. (https://www.theatlantic.com/photo/2018/10/photos-migrant-caravan/573604/)

The thousands of people marching in the migrant caravan heading toward our southern border are probably useful pawns for certain political factions that have an agenda, which we may not all agree with. That’s a fact and can’t be argued.

But even so, each member of the caravan has value in the eyes of God with many of them being our brothers and sisters in Christ.

So, we believers need to be careful how we speak and act on this issue.

My prayer today:

Lord, we look on the migrant caravan and realize our helplessness so we come to You and ask for wisdom for ourselves and for our leaders on how we should speak and act on this issue. (Based on James 1:3)

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

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Prayers for the American Church (10/23/2018)

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Photograph of Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton, NS. Taken the morning of October 28, 2005

The Apostle Paul uttered some words that still shake me to the core when I read them.

For I could wish that I myself were accursed and cut off from Christ for the sake of my brothers, my kinsmen according to the flesh. (Romans 9:3)

If you missed what Paul was really saying in this verse, read it again. You see, Paul was willing to give up his salvation and go to Hell forever if his doing so would result in his fellow Jews being saved.

I don’t know about you, but Paul’s words make me uncomfortable at my low-level of love for my neighbors and other Americans.

My prayer today:

Lord, give the American church a love for our neighbors and other Americans like Paul had for his kinsmen so that we have great sorrow and unceasing anguish in our hearts until we see a great harvest of souls in our nation. (Based on Romans 9:2)

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Prayers for America (10/18/2018)

 

At the close of the Constitutional Convention in 1787, Benjamin Franklin was asked a question by an onlooker. “Well, Doctor, what do we have – a Republic or a Monarchy?”

Benjamin Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”

As Franklin stated, America was founded as a republic, which is basically a government based on the rule of law. Our U. S. Constitution sets limits on how the elected can govern and the rights of individual citizens and states.

However, as we all know, our system of government has loopholes and gray areas that allows politicians and others to take advantage of the citizenry to advance their own agendas. Why? Because even though our system of government may have been God-inspired, it was still man-made and is subject to the god of this world: Satan.

On the other hand, the Kingdom of God is an absolute monarchy with King Jesus as the head. The subjects in this kingdom are all sons and daughters and members of His royal family. This kingdom has no loop holes or gray areas and is not subject to Satan and his kingdom of darkness. It is an eternal kingdom without end.

So, when voting this year, keep in mind —

But first and most importantly seek (aim at, strive after) His kingdom and His righteousness [His way of doing and being right—the attitude and character of God], and all these things will be given to you also. (Matthew 6:33)

My prayer today:

Lord, remind us Americans that apart from You, we can do nothing. (Based on John 15:5)

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

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Prayers for the American Church (10/16/2018)

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Photograph of Christ Anglican Church, Stellarton, NS. Taken the morning of October 28, 200

 

On the first Pentecost, a sound came from heaven like a rushing mighty wind, filling the house where one hundred and twenty believers waited for something to happen in Jerusalem. Then, divided tongues of fire sat upon each person.

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance. (Acts 2:4)

The one hundred and twenty believers walked outside, still speaking in tongues. Devout Jews heard these believers and thought they were drunk.

Peter said, “These are not drunk, but this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:

And it shall come to pass in the last days, says God, that I will pour out My Spirit on all flesh; your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your young men shall see visions, your old men shall dream dreams. And on My menservants and on My maidservants I will pour out My Spirit in those days. (Acts 2:17-18)

What happened at the first Pentecost was only a partial fulfillment of Joel’s prophecy. The Spirit was not poured out on all believers nor did every son and daughter prophesy. It only fell on one hundred and  twenty believers.

Even the Azusa Street Revival and the Charismatic Revival – as great as they seemed at the time – were only partial fulfillments of Joel’s prophecy. The Spirit was not poured out on every believer.

My prayer today:

Lord, help the American church to believe and pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit on every believer; thus fulfilling Joel’s prophecy.

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