Thank-you to all of you who are praying. You don’t know how much it means to me. I will get through it. I have been through much worse and this is just a speed bump on the road to where I am going.
Today we live in a society where everyone wants things done right away. We have fast food, microwave ovens, instant this and instant that. It seems we have thought of many ingenious ways to save time and cut corners and yet our lives seem more filled and busy than those of our ancestors. The same thing goes for Christians when it comes to our relationship with the Lord. "Well Lord you know how busy I am so I know you’ll understand my five minute prayer" In many churches if the Sunday service goes over an hour or an hour and a half people get annoyed. Forbid it that the Holy Spirit should move in and they get swept away. They start tapping their feet to get the pastor’s attention and then point at their watches. Many congregations have gone to the point of sticking a great big clock on the back wall facing the pastor so he won’t miss it.
What’s happened to the church? There was a time when those who went before us knew what it was like to press in until they got an answer to their prayers. My grandmother would tell me of church services that would go on for days. People would spend whole days and nights in prayer without a thought of time or their schedule. They would leave the service, go to work and then return afterwards to the service once more. We are so full of excuses as to why we can’t do things like all night prayer meetings or taking as much time as we need to seek His face. Has God changed? Not at all. But the church in the west has. Many churches have become involved in politics and storm the government instead of storming the heavens with their prayers. We have forgotten that we are an army that is supposed to march on our knees. "The battle is the Lord’s, but payer is the key." I am just as guilty as I believe we all are of making excuses at times. Then we wonder why we don’t see the miracles we should see in our churches. We wonder why we don’t see the lost coming in and getting saved.
14"And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God: 15 "I know your works, that you are neither cold nor hot. I could wish you were cold or hot. 16 So then, because you are lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will vomit you out of My mouth. 17 Because you say, ‘I am rich, have become wealthy, and have need of nothing’—and do not know that you are wretched, miserable, poor, blind, and naked— 18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, that you may be rich; and white garments, that you may be clothed, that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and anoint your eyes with eye salve, that you may see. 19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten. Therefore be zealous and repent. 20 Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. 21 To him who overcomes I will grant to sit with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on His throne. 22 "He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches."" Revelation 3:14-22
Sad to say, many of our churches have become like that. We have lost our first love and have become lukewarm.
When my so was four years old he went on a day visit to his mom’s apartment. When supper rolled around and she hadn’t returned him I was concerned. As the hours went on I began to get desperate. My mom took my daughter and after asking other believers to pray and contacting the police, I spent the entire night on my office floor storming the heavenlies on my son’s behalf. I don’t remember even taking a break to go to the bathroom. I wouldn’t let go until I got an answer.
Mid morning the next day the police called me to tell me they had located them in Springfield, Massachusetts. My ex-wife had gone into a hospital saying she was not feeling well and because she was acting suspiciously they decided to check for missing persons on a hunch. Lol They arrested her on the spot and my son was put in protective custody with family services. When I got down there to pick him up, they told me that his mother had been trying to contact some people who had promised to make them disappear. They said if she had of made contact with them, I probably wouldn’t have seen them ever again. It was a miracle that my ex-wife had gone to the hospital when she did. I know it was because of perseverance in prayer. I was desperate.
That is how the church needs to be. "Desperate." Many in this world have been lied to and have been kidnapped by sin. Many are in frightful situations, in prison to drugs, prostitution, homosexuality, pornography and so much more. They cry out in silence for someone to give them the answers they are looking for. So they find what they think are answers in other religions and cults and even turn to satan because they can’t see the truth in the church. We need to storm the heavenlies on their behalf. We have to press into God’s throne. God loves them as much as He loves us who have found Him.
I also understand that there are many churches that are already doing these things and they have their reward. But they are the exception and not the norm. Get desperate with God. Don’t rush your relationship with Him. Give Him as much time as you need to. Let Him take care of your schedule.
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me. Revelation 3:20
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