By Patrick Hawthorne
Warning – This post is not religiously correct.
Christian and non-Christian alike are flooding all forms of media with their opinion of how and why the United States and other parts of the world are doomed. Many claim that we have become a satanic cesspool, full of decay and debauchery. “The Church had better do this or that…!” Many shout with fist raised high. “We must take a stance against these Godless leaders.”
By-the-way, many Christian’s voted these Godless leaders into office because they either chose to vote their mind, their party, their race, their gender, their pocket book, or possibly the choice of their next door neighbor who did all the research for them. The point being is that many Christian’s did not bother to pray a lick for the people put into office. Why? Because they might not have liked the answer they received.
I constantly hear comments similar to, “Why does the Church not march on Washington D.C. in protest? We need to fight for our rights.” Funny thing though. Most of those who are shouting the loudest are those who are shouting from the back while pushing others to the front. They want to heard but do not want to engage in any of the battles.
“Well…we need to pray for our nation.” Absolutely! I could not agree more. However, are we praying for this nation or complaining to God about this nation? Are we telling Him how bad things are, or are we earnestly crying out for healing of our land? Better yet, is one group praying for God to move to the right, while another is praying for Him to move to the left? I hear it constantly. “Lord,” one group pleads, “Lift up our leader.” On the other side of the aisle another group prays, “Lord, take this leader down.”
The simple definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over while expecting different results. How is that whining, bellyaching, and complaining doing for us? From where I stand, I see no improvements at all.
How about this? Why don’t we try doing something that not only worked, but changed the world? Why don’t we come together and pray a prayer of agreement? Read the following prayer and if you agree, pray it. It’s that simple. Furthermore, it is almost word for word the prayer prayed around two thousand years ago.
“Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to your servants that with all boldness WE may speak Your Word. Stretch forth Your hand with healing power and may miraculous signs and wonders be done through the name of Your Son, Jesus.” (Based on Acts 4). Now expect what you prayed to be done. Be Blessed.
Side Note: The following is an excerpt from Roman historian Tacitus. When the people were praying for boldness, the following is partially the reason they needed such boldness. Notice that Christianity was considered a mischievous superstition. Sound familiar?
“Christus, from whom the name had its origin, suffered the extreme penalty during the reign of Tiberius at the hands of one of our procurators, Pontius Pilate, and a most mischievous superstition, thus checked for the moment, again broke out not only in Judaea, the first source of the evil, but even in Rome, where all things hideous and shameful from every part of the world find their center and become popular. Accordingly, an arrest was first made of all who pleaded guilty; then, upon their information, an immense multitude was convicted, not so much of the crime of firing the city, as of hatred against mankind. Mockery of every sort was added to their deaths. Covered with the skins of beasts, they were torn by dogs and perished, or were nailed to crosses, or were doomed to the flames and burnt, to serve as a nightly illumination, when daylight had expired.