Awake, Christians of America – and of the whole world! The fact that we live in a so-called Christian land is not going to save us from God’s judgments. God’s Word says, “Woe to them that are at ease in Zion” (Amos 6:1).
One thing that all Christians must do is to pray! Really pray! Cry mightily unto God! Only God can save us, and God saves in answer to real prayer. This is no time to be fearful and to wonder why things are as they are. God knows why – talk directly to Him about the conditions that threaten the entire world today.
This is no time to get discouraged, to think, “There’s nothing I can do.” There is something that every born-again child of God can do and must do – and that is to pray! You don’t have to think of giving up, of quitting. God’s Word says, “They that wait upon the Lord shall...not faint” (Isa. 40:31). Never think of fainting, of giving up. It is contrary to God’s Word. “Men ought always to pray, and not to faint” (Luke 18:1).
Prayer Imperatively Needed
Charles Finney tells of a man who used to pray every Saturday night until midnight for God’s blessings on the church where he attended. There was a revival on at his church, and one Saturday night, feeling weary, he thought he could just omit his usual time of prayer. The next day there was not the blessing in the meetings that there had been. This man got up and confessed that he had failed God by not praying the night before.
We know God always answers the prayer of faith – for an individual and for companies of people. Jesus says, “All things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive” (Matt. 21:22). Then what a frightful thing to neglect prayer, to idle away our time, drift along – hoping for the best, when the very bell ropes of heaven are in reach of every single one of us, and when God needs our fervent, persistent, “never-give-up” prayers to get His will done in earth, as it is in heaven.
O, Christian people of America and of the whole world, cry mightily unto God that He, for Jesus’ sake, will help us and deliver us from the horrors that threaten us, and that He, in Jesus’ mighty name, will revive His work, and “in wrath remember mercy” (Hab. 3:2). It is not that we are asking the Lord to avert the final judgments from a Christ-rejecting world, but that He will revive His work and save as many as possible before final judgments fall.
“Wilt Thou not revive us again: that Thy people may rejoice in Thee?” (Psa. 85:6). “God is faithful” (1 Cor. 10:13). “Shall not God avenge His own elect, which cry day and night unto Him, though He bear long with them? I tell you that He will avenge them speedily” (Luke 18:7-8).
Pray for revival! Pray for all in authority (1 Tim. 2:1-6), “that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” The Bible tells us to pray for all in authority. This is part of our bounden duty – and privilege as Christians – for our own welfare and that of our loved ones is bound up, from a material standpoint, in the welfare of our country. “Seek the peace of the city...and pray unto the Lord for it: for in the peace thereof shall ye have peace” (Jer. 29:7).
Pray earnestly, definitely, in faith, believing, persistently and with importunity (Luke 11:1-10), for men in authority (and for those who will be in authority after the coming election). Pray that if they are not born-again Christians, God will convict them of sin and save their souls.
People of God, this is no time to trifle! Our freedoms are already slipping away from us. Now is the time to storm heaven in Jesus’ mighty name. Tomorrow may be too late. Pray earnestly that God, for Jesus’ sake, will use what men and women and means He chooses to get His will done in earth, as it is in heaven! (Matt. 6:10). Believe God to do that very thing!
SI Moderator - Greg Gordon