By the Rev. Bernard Wing
Grace Life Church
'Cry out to God'
I have asked people if they know God's phone number. After funny looks, I say I have it memorized and it is Jeremiah 33:3. This verse says "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know." I go on to say that you don't need to have a cell phone to call out to God and He will hear you and answer you.
Even with cell phones people fail to answer your calls and allow them to go to the answering machine; but, if you text them, they quickly respond. The human bad habits we live by we tend to transcribe to our impressions of how God is and how He responds to our prayers. I don't text so I am at a loss if that is the new method now needed for us to connect with God. I do know God has sent us all a text and it is called the Bible and if we have an ear to hear we can receive His living daily word that proceeds from His mouth.
Prayer (crying out to God) has not gone out of style regardless of what many may think or feel. As a matter of fact the calling for a nationwide day of somber assembly and prayer last week in Houston, Texas caused quite a stir. Those who claim there is no God were greatly offended that Texas Gov. Perry would call for all of us to gather to cry out to God for our nation. I can't imagine what their fuss and law suit is all about if they really believe that there is no God? They also object to the cross that crucified Jesus that they also don't believe existed.
In one month on Sept.11th we will commemorate the 10-year anniversary of a very tragic day of events that shook up and woke up this nation and called us to our knees in collective prayer. As a community, we will recognize this solemn day by a gathering at the Memorial Park in downtown Marshall where we will remember those who lost their lives and the heroes who gave up theirs trying to save others that fateful day. The day's events will begin at 7:30 a.m. with prayer.
These are the words of Jesus to emphasize the utter importance of prayer by the people who are the church or His house (dwelling place). Matthew 21:13(TNIV) 13 "It is written," he said to them, "'My house will be called a house of prayer,' but you are making it 'a den of robbers.'"
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NKJV) 16 Rejoice always, 17 "pray without ceasing, 18 in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." Prayer is not an occasional add on to what we do in our day or before a meal; but, a continuous recognition and admission of our total helplessness without the involvement and intervention of a Holy, loving Almighty God.
An old clich goes, "that history repeats itself if we fail to learn from it." It is time to awaken America again for a spiritual revival of fervent persistent prayer. This is our only true source of help and hope; to call upon the Lord and ask for healing for our nation by the changing of our minds (definition of repentance) to agree with what God says in His Holy Word what is true, righteous, and just.
Politicians win elections with grandiose promises of peace, prosperity, and restored hope. They have proven to only deliver more of the same old finger pointing, name calling, blaming the other guys, which only serves to increase the levels of disappointment, disgust, anger, fear, and hopelessness and continues to erode the moral fabric and divide our country.
Matthew 12:25 (NKJV) 25 But Jesus knew their thoughts, and said to them: "Every kingdom divided against itself is brought to desolation, and every city or house divided against itself will not stand." Matthew 12:25 (NLT) 25 "Any kingdom divided by civil war is doomed. A town or family splintered by feuding will fall apart." God is not a man that He should lie and even if everyone else is a liar, God is true.
This nation is so divided it is coming apart at the seams and will be totally destroyed from within unless we pray for the revival and restoration the words of Jeremiah 33 are really addressing (if you read the whole context of that chapter). It seemed hopeless in the days of Jeremiah and is near that way today that our nation can ever be restored to being the one nation under God the founders prayed, planned, and penned in the Constitution for it to be. Our only true Hope is in Jesus Christ the anchor of our hope.
My thought, hope, and prayers are that we as a people of God will wake up to pray and cry out to God with passionate, persistent, fervent intercession for all in authority over us. Ephesians 4:2-3 (TNIV) 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3 make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace."
Luke 18:7 (TNIV) 7 And will not God bring about justice for his chosen ones, who cry out to him day and night? Will he keep putting them off?
We are not in this battle alone as God is with us, God is for us and Jesus Himself ever intercedes at the right hand of the Father for us.