Make an Excuse to PRAY
Today, my pastor, Pastor Dale Meador…took a break on our through the Bible series and preached a great sermon relevant to current events…marriage and the recent Supreme Court OPINION (5 to 4 —Thank you Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. and Justices Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Samuel A. Alito Jr. for your dissension) concerning gay marriage. As usual, Pastor Dale draws out not just a single one track point…but at the end of the sermon…you know that the sermon was for you and I am not even gay. smile emoticon
During the sermon I got to thinking about praying.
2 Chronicles 7:14 kept rattling around in my head.
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.”
Oh that one! smile emoticon Yes, and I hope that you have actually read that, studied it, pondered on it….meditated on it and just not heard it in church.
As Pastor Dale delivered his message. I thought…WOW! Where is the church? I mean, honestly…according to recent ABC Polls, Fox Polls, NBC Polls, etc…pick one…pick all…they all say that 80% of American’s claim to be a Christian…while 45% claim to be born again. I don’t believe these numbers…but I do believe there are 100s of thousands who are truly born again?
So, if that is the case, how does a woman like Madalyn Murray O’Hair, ONE woman…in 1963 get prayer removed from school? (Side note…ever notice that ALL the assassins are remembered by their full name, First, Middle Last? John Wilkes Booth! Lee Harvey Oswald! James Earl Ray! Charles Julius Guiteau! Leon Frank Czolgosz! Madalyn Murray O’Hair! Think about that just a moment!!! )
SEEK HIS FACE…WAKE UP AND PRAY!!!!
How? And let’s not even get into the repercussions of that landmark decision. Or…LET’S DO GET INTO IT
The very next year our President was assassinated! Child abuse up 2300% (2000), Unmarried couples up from 1963 to 725%. Pregnancies for UNWED 10 to 14 year olds up 553%…same group STDs for ages 10 to 14 year olds up 385%, violent crime up, drug use up 6000%…and this from a drug culture of the 1960s. These are just a small handful of social issues that have rose dramatically since 1963.
I don’t think these are all by accident.
It wasn’t until 2012 that Obama declared that same-sex couples should be able to marry, and it was only last year that he said he thought the Constitution provided such a right.
Another ripple from the 1963 decision? Or…will THIS decision take on a life of its own? Maybe both!
Like Pastor Dale said today…it’s tough facing those we love who are gay or support gay marriage. Because we love them, we don’t want to hurt them and we want to respect them. But the truth has to bleed through that rainbow. My own niece who I love so VERY MUCH…showed her support of the Supreme Court Decision by shrouding her Facebook avatar with a rainbow flag as did my grandson’s mother. People I love dearly. I hope that they know that…I hope that they know that and I hope that they understand that I also cannot ignore the Bible…I cannot ignore truth….I cannot ignore what happened on Calvary 2,000 years ago.
Pastor Dale was also careful to carve out that NONE of us escape sin. There is only ONE avenue of escape. JESUS!
PRAY…WAKE UP AND PRAY!
In the Garden of Gethsemane, Peter, James and John needed to remain awake and pray. Jesus rebuked them for sleeping and not praying. Is Jesus rebuking you for not praying?
Think about this…
If James would have prayed would this had saved his decapitation a few very short years later? If Simon Peter would have stayed awake and prayed would he had denied Christ three times in the palace of Caiaphas?
If you would have prayed…would you have, through prayer, made great change in this nation? If you would have prayed would you have brought about great change in your life and the lives of those that you love?
Where are these 100s of Thousands of BORN AGAIN CHRISTIANS when one man or one woman tears down the curtain of justice and attacks the very foundation of our Christian faith? We need strong men and women…if you profess Christ as your Lord and Savior…PROVE it. Get on your knees and fight! That means, stop sitting on your backside. We need help over here…plug up these holes…we need prayer warriors on the front line…there is a war going on and we are losing battles…because God’s people refuse to pray. They are asleep in the Garden of Gethsemane! They are asleep in church!!!
A few years ago I wrote a book called, “Get on your knees and fight like a man.” In the book I related a story told to me by a nurse in Seattle. He said, “I left the grocery store the other day…and in the parking lot next to his car he saw (what he presumed was a Muslim man) on his face praying…He had a prayer rug and everything.” He told me he went to his car and cry out to God…what is wrong with me? That man doesn’t even know you…he prays to a false God…I know you…I KNOW YOU LORD and You know me. Why can’t I pray like that?
Yeah. Why? Why can’t we all pray like that? If God’s people would HUMBLE THEMSELVES AND PRAY…I will forgive their sins and heal their land!
My God!…My God!…do we believe that or not?
Nah…God was just playing. Yeah…when God was inspiring Ezra to write 2 Chronicles…He told him to squeeze out 36 chapters. Ezra had trouble with this so Nehemiah helped him to add some words to fill up space. Right? That’s what God does is He just adds things in His Word to fill up space? Wrong…every WORD is there deliberately…that mean’s on purpose…His purpose!
Like & share if you will commit to HUMBLING YOURSELF AND PRAYING…make an excuse to pray right now. What’s your excuse?
When I was a young disciple at Medford Praise Chapel here in Medford…we use to laugh at the new Christians when they prayed. They would literally thank the Lord for the wind…the rain…the sunshine…the 100 degree weather…20 minutes later thank Him for the hotdogs and Mexican food and we would eat.
But the truth is we can learn a lot from new converts. WHAT’S YOUR EXCUSE TO PRAY? EPHESIANS 6:10
” Finally, my brethren, be STRONG in the LORD, and in the POWER of his MIGHT”