“And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
No doubt we are living in perilous and unprecedented times. Things around us have the appearance of unbridled wickedness tempting us into believing that there is no hope and future for our families, our communities, our nation, but are we not called “children of light” and isn’t it a fact that darkness cannot overcome light?
“For you are all children of light, children of the day. We are not of the night or of the darkness. So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night.”
(1 Thessalonians 5:5-11)
I wonder what would happen if we all prayed for our land, our leaders that God would intervene into their lives and change their hearts? That they would have a “Damascus Divine intervention?
I wonder if God in His supreme Sovereignty is waiting upon His people which are called by His Name, to “humble themselves and pray and seek” His face“
I wonder if we seek His face we would “turn from our wicked ways.”
I wonder if we are ready to “hear from heaven..”
I wonder if we’re willing to ask God to “forgive our sin and heal our land.
I wonder if we want to see His “eyes open and His ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place.”...I wonder….
(2 Chronicles 7:14-15)
I was thinking this morning about our nation, just wondering if God is allowing all the unrest so that in the darkest hour we might cry out to Him for help.
I was reminded of what it might have looked like at the beginning when the founding fathers were meeting together with a crazy notion that they could do something about the oppression going on, it seemed at times they had forgotten why they got up and left Great Britain in the first place, to have freedom.
And yet in themselves they knew it would be near impossible for this new life. They needed God in the picture, they needed God His wisdom, they needed God in His guidance, His direction, they needed prayer.
They were on the verge of giving up when one of them,!Benjamin Franklin stood up and asked for them to convene once again, to remind them how they got here and how they were slipping away from the most important element that brought them here. He recognized that the group had one thing in common, they believed in the power of prayer.
And so they prayed, corporately, together and after five weeks finished what we now stand together on, the greatest God inspired evidence outside of the Bible of what God can do if man would seek Him out, the Constitution of the United States of America.
Here is that plea from Benjamin Franklin:
“In this situation of this Assembly, groping as it were in the dark to find political truth, and scarce able to distinguish it when presented to us, how has it happened, sir, that we have not hitherto once thought of humbly applying to the Father of Lights to illuminate our understanding? In the beginning of the contest with Great Britain, when we were sensible of danger, we had daily prayer in this room for the Divine protection.
Our prayers, sir, were heard, and they were graciously answered. All of us who were engaged in the struggle must have observed frequent instances of a superintending Providence in our favor. . . . And have we now forgotten that powerful Friend? Or do we imagine we no longer need His assistance?
I have lived, sir, a long time, and the longer I live, the more convincing proofs I see of this truth – that God governs in the affairs of men. And if a sparrow cannot fall to the ground without His notice, is it probable that an empire can rise without His aid? We have been assured, sir, in the Sacred Writings, that “except the Lord build the House, they labor in vain that build it, I firmly believe this; and I also believe that without His concurring aid we shall succeed in this political building no better than the builders of Babel. . . . I therefore beg leave to move that henceforth prayers imploring the assistance of Heaven, and its blessings on our deliberations, be held in this Assembly every morning before we proceed to business.”
Benjamin Franklin believed their prayers over the Convention had been answered, and after weeks of failure, following the recess and time of prayer, they reconvened and in only ten weeks produced the document that has become the longest on-going constitution in the history of the world. He definitely saw that the difference maker was when they were all united in heart and moved towards prayer and presented their situations before God, and sometimes we can all lose sight n the knowledge of just how much we need prayer that leads us to see how much more we need God in and around our lives.