We are called and challenged to pray. The apostle Paul refers to “praying without ceasing.” This means a life of fellowship and continual communication with a personal heavenly Father. Both the Old and New Testament teach that we can have such a meaningful relationship with God that we are able to hear Him as though it was a conversation.
I have been asked, “Do you actually hear God out loud?” I answer, “LOUDER than out loud! It impacts my entire being.” It is something very difficult to explain, but wonderful to experience. Even His still, small voice can be heard clearly. His voice can be similar to the sound of many waters or thunder, but always as friend and Father. Please believe this. Believe Him and His Word. He invites you to not only talk to Him and to pray, but also to listen and hear His voice. We are called to intercede for others, to bring our requests boldly before His throne of grace. We have God’s promise to hear us and answer — not always the answer we want, but always the truth in love. May God help us to learn to hear one another as He hears us and responds.
Through the prophet Jeremiah God said, “Call on Me and I will answer you and show you great and mighty things which you know not.” The New Testament tells us that God will answer and do that which is beyond our greatest expectation or comprehension. For all of His answers to prayer, I say thanks be to God and to Him be the glory!
As I shared last week, at this time in our lives and in the life of America, I have never sensed a greater need to pray for spiritual awakening and for the restoration of freedom’s foundation. Many sensitive, caring people are deeply disturbed (and rightly so) concerning the direction of our nation. Many leaders are trying to divide the country by encouraging class warfare by accusing those who are prosperous because of the greed and excesses within their economic group. They are placing fault on the opportunities and possibilities that our founders put in place.
Without repentance and a return to God and His truth, our national economy and that of the world will collapse. National leaders are encouraging the redistribution of wealth which will ultimately bring a new level of poverty to every person in the United States. Don’t detest and become hostile toward success and prosperity. Detest greed and indifference. Detest the actions of men and governments that force their ways on the population and confiscate what others have while demanding dependence upon government power and control.
Remember, God said if His people called by His name will pray and seek His face, turning from their wicked ways, He will hear, He will forgive, and He will restore their land. Does this mean that we simply talk to God, share our requests, acknowledging that we recognize and are sorry for our sin, or does it imply that we also do something by taking action in some positive way?
Repentance is a change of mind, of direction and actions, and we choose to do things differently. It certainly implies assuming responsibility. Remember, true faith is confirmed by works, by faith working in and through us. The difference in us makes a difference in this dark, deceived world. We crash the gates of hell in the power of God, bringing about the necessary restoration of all which the enemy seeks to destroy or control. In a constitutional republic, we must be committed, responsible citizens expressing our concern and supporting the principles consistent with God’s Word. The privileges we enjoy demand that we live to protect and preserve them.
There is an all-out assault on truth, God, families, marriages, the Christian church, people of truth and faith, and freedom as our founders established it. This is a time for prayer and I agree with my dear friend Charles Stanley as he calls all of us to pray and see our nation repent (www.intouch.org). Pray for our leaders to come to their senses, to be changed by God’s power and truth, and for the church to wake up and stand up!
I often share with our LIFE Today television audience that one of the best ways to get your prayers answered is by seeking to be an answer to someone else’s prayers. When you see a need, seek to meet it while you pray. As you pray for someone in pain or distress, ask God if you can relieve them in some way.
As you pray for America, put feet to your prayers by declaring truth, defending it openly and boldly without wavering. Stand against the tide of evil and the lies continually promoted by biased media, manipulating politicians, God-denying educators, and radicals seeking to divide and conquer. There are many presently in power who actually follow a Marxist philosophy by using the plight of the poor to promote the power of the state and take control of the population. These philosophies and those who accept and promote them and seek to follow them are inspired by people who openly profess to be non-believers. Any reference to God and faith is simply accommodating; it is not something that they practice. These beliefs are as dangerous to our way of life as any radical Islamic extremists.
I encourage you to become better informed about the faith of our founding fathers and the importance of their principles. Read the Constitution. Read the commentaries I have written over the past months and pass them on. I am in continual prayer and research, trying to condense the facts and bring them to your attention.
Encourage people of character to lead and even consider running for political office on the local, state and national level. Support those who have principled convictions. Vote and encourage others to become better informed and involved. ALWAYS vote principles over party and personality, but by all means vote and commit to stay involved until this nation adjusts its course in line with truth and the safety that can only be found in the shelter of the Almighty.
Look beyond your small world and help change the world by making a difference in the lives of others. Live to fulfill Christ’s commission to help disciple both individuals and the nations starting right here in America!