Christians are thinking the same thing these days. We know that time is short.
We can feel the pressure building. It makes our hearts beat harder
as we contemplate the surreal landscape of the hour in which we are living and
try to come to grips with the reality of Bible prophecy being fulfilled before
our very eyes.
cringe at the stories that flood the media. We have a hard time going to sleep
at night because of the horrific and threatening news and find ourselves
quoting Scripture in the dark to quiet our fears.
that dwelleth in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow
of the Almighty” (Psalm 91). This Scripture is comforting and
strengthening. Meditating on each piece of the armor in Ephesians 6,
also, helps me to stand against the enemy’s taunts.
if you are like me, you find yourself wanting to pray together with other
believers. Pray… together. It seems this is the farthest thought
from most Christians’ minds. Even inside the believing churches’
walls, corporate prayer is scarce. Yet, Jesus said in Matthew
is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer.”
why aren’t we falling on our knees as a church body and crying out to the Lord
for mercy in judgment and for grace to live for Christ?
aren’t we pleading together for all the great needs we hear about?
aren’t we confessing the sins of our nation?
we need to tell God how sorry we are for our wickedness? An avalanche is
coming, and we just go on with business as usual. This lack of
corporate prayer inside the church building in these unprecedented days is as
mystifying to me as the deafening silence there concerning these “perilous
there a connection between these two issues? Has political
correctness, aka “the fear of man,” choked out the prayer
meeting? If we can’t talk about it, we can’t pray about
fear of man bringeth a snare: but whoso putteth his trust in the
Lord shall be safe” (Proverbs 29:25).
me, when persecution hits hard in America, people will start gathering together
for prayer. Why wait for worse things to happen? We may
not have the opportunity to freely pray together for long. I believe God wants
to do amazing things even in a dying America. Only our unbelief will stand in
He did not many mighty works there because of their unbelief (Matthew
I don’t believe America will be resurrected at this point. The signs are
everywhere. Judgment is falling fast on our nation as well as the
world. We seem to have hit the downward slope at full-speed and are headed for
the “end of the age.” Yet, there is so much we can do in prayer;
and, oh, the strength that comes from praying together.
secret prayer is our lifeblood, we need prayer with the Body of Christ, too,
especially now. Let’s join our hearts together and pray for all
we’re worth as we face uncertain and, yes, downright scary days ahead.
should we start? The battle is great everywhere we look. Consider Israel, now
surrounded by raging satanic hordes. The Lord said we are to “Pray
for the peace of Jerusalem” (Psalm 122:6). Think of the privilege we
have to minister to the seed of Abraham in their hour of great
know what is coming from reading the prophetic Word, and we have been commanded
to pray for God’s chosen people. Don’t we want our prayers to be
used to bring salvation to “all Israel” (Romans 11:26)? What about
the persecuted church all over the world, fleeing for their lives and being
tortured in a myriad of unspeakable ways? We need to intercede at
God’s throne for them as if it were our own plight.
them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity as
being yourselves also in the body” (Hebrews 13:3).
about our unsaved loved ones, neighbors, friends, and other
acquaintances? Will they be left behind at the trumpet
sound? The Tribulation is near, but death could be even
closer. Some of us have been praying for years for these
dear ones. Lest we faint at this critical hour, let’s hold up each
other’s arms and cry out for God to open their eyes. There’s so much more I
could add here, but I think it should be obvious that the need is urgent, to
say the least, which calls for our united fervency.
the Lord Jesus in the Garden as He was pouring out His soul to the Father
concerning the cup. He went to His disciples more than once and
found them sleeping. He said to Peter, “What, Could ye not watch
with me one hour?” (Matthew 26:40b). They went back to sleep.
could they have been so oblivious to the times? They had been with Him and
heard all His teachings. He kept telling them, but they just didn’t get it.
Don’t you think they would have been on their faces agonizing with
the Lord if they had known what was about to take place?
we know. If we have read our Bibles, we know. The birth
pangs are growing stronger with shorter intervals. To say
the situation is dire is a monstrous understatement. The
stage for Daniel”s 70th Week is being set at a dizzying speed. The
church’s departure must be close. If ever there were a call from the
Lord for us to come together in corporate prayer, this is surely
it. We don’t want to miss this call like the disciples did on that
dark night in the Garden.
have not been able to find prayer meetings in the usual places, but God has
heard my soul’s cry for fellowship in prayer. A couple of evenings each week I
tune in to an Internet prayer meeting where some godly men lead the
cyber-connected congregation in prayer and Bible study. They are courageously
facing the issues and praying the way the churches should be praying, as well
as working tirelessly to deliver the gospel to the world.
is a great joy and blessing to be able to agree with them in prayer regarding
these incredible times. Then, one or two mornings a week I meet with my sister
on the phone long distance. We pray for many things but lost loved ones in
know that time is running out. We have combined our efforts, encouraging one
another to keep trusting God to work in their lives. Also,
when I can meet with friends and family members in my living-room or theirs, I
take advantage of every opportunity for corporate prayer.
friends, if gathering for prayer is a desire of yours, God will
supply. Ask Him. I believe He is hungering, too. For all
eternity we will be glad we answered His
who knoweth whether thou art come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
(Esther 4:14b emphasis added).