Prayer, Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Thoughts


Each day, I almost dread turning on the TV or logging onto the internet.  I see more and more tragedies, terrible fires in our northwest, killer hurricanes in the Atlantic oceans raging down on our coasts, earthquakes in various places and threads of war being discussed in the political realms.

Alternate lifestyles of all kinds are destroying God’s natural order and the “core family” in our society.  Biblical morals are fading and being replaced with “anything that feels good in our own eyes” being OK and right.  Sometimes I wonder if God came down like he did to Abraham in response to the evil of Sodom and Gomorra, He would indeed find much the same if looking for 10 righteous men.  Many in our society serve the “God of Tolerance”, justifying their hate toward righteousness and biblical morality.  The world and our nation still face the threat of terrorism from radical Islamists whose evil quest for murder and torture continues against those who believe differently from them.

I read this verse again:

2 Timothy 3:1-5 …’This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come. For men shall be lovers of their own selves, covetous, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good, traitors, heady, highminded, lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God; Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away.’

and this one also:

Matthew 24:37-39… “For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah. For as in those days which were before the flood they were eating and drinking, they were marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so shall the coming of the Son of Man be.

This sounds like our society today and I wonder just how many still read this verse and cringe in fear that our time is running out.

The Bible also says in Luke 17:26:

Just as it was in the days of Noah, so also will it be in the days of the Son of Man: People were eating and drinking, marrying and being given in marriage, up to the day Noah entered the ark. Then the flood came and destroyed them all.…

Here’s an interesting article on the “The Signs of the End Times”.

Are we in the “End Times”?  I don’t know but I do know that our society and world is showing many of the signs of the end of days God warns us about in His Word.

My Prayer for today

Image of a woman praying
Image of a woman praying

My prayer today is for men, women, and children to open their eyes and their hearts to the good news of the gospel before it’s too late.

Dear Heavenly Father, I think of You and Your love for us.  A love that is so amazing and a gift which none of us deserve.  I know that those of us who have accepted that gift are not receiving the wages we have earned – death, but will be saved only because of Your compassion and the sacrifice of Jesus, our Savior.

And yet there are so very many of your human creations that are broken and fallen and live separated from You.  Oh God, that must break Your heart.  Our sinful, nature has created that barrier between You and ourselves.  We praise You for the gift of Jesus’s death and resurrection, which bridges the gap for those who believe.  God, I pray today that Your Holy Spirit will reach out and touch each of those separated from You one more time and that those ones living in Darkness will turn to Your light and accept the free gift You offer each of them.  I pray they will be convicted of their sin and be broken in spirit and repentant of their wicked ways and that they will turn and believe in Jesus and His sacrifice for them.  I pray they will be saved to serve You in eternity.

Lord, I pray this especially for those who are leaders in our nation.  I pray for those whose lips acknowledge You but whose actions and deeds are not that of a child of Yours.  I pray many, many of Your children whose hearts have grown lukewarm will once again become passionate in following Your Son, Jesus.  I pray especially for those who have been deceived by the lies of Satan and live in ways that are against Your natural order – that the Holy Spirit will touch their hearts and their minds to know and desire to serve You in spirit and truth.  May they be given the strength and the faith to change their evil ways and to become true followers of Jesus.

I pray for You to send Your mighty angel warriors to fight Satan and his minions who are attacking our leaders and the people of our nation.  I pray each attack will fail and Satan will not be allowed to bind Your human creations, nor to capture their hearts and their minds to turn against You, the Creator.

I know Your word says in Matthew:  Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. But small is the gate and narrow the way that leads to life, and only a few find it.…

As I understand your Word, many, many follow the path to hell and few go the way of the narrow gate to Your eternity.  God, I pray for those who go that horrible way to destruction, that Your Holy Spirit will touch their blind eyes and they will repent and change directions.

Image of an open Bible
Image of an open Bible

Lord, I ask forgiveness for my own many sins against You and for strength and the faith I need to be a true follower of Jesus in this evil and broken world and society.  I pray for a great passion to serve You, to study Your Word and to tell others of the free gift You offer them.  May I and my family be faithful and true in Your eyes and may we serve You so that one day we will hear from Your lips “well done, my faithful servant”.

I pray all these things in the name of Jesus.  Amen.

 

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