Without Restraint

The book of Proverbs chapter 29 and verse 18 says, “Where there is no vision, the people perish. . .” And the original translation of that means where there’s no real revelation of the character of God, the people of the nation cast off restraint. And certainly in this generation we are seeing that.

We are a society now without restraint. We have really no awareness of what is good and what is evil anymore. As the people of God, we must gather again and pray that the awareness of God once again come into our churches, our towns, and our cities. God has revived us in the past, and He can do it again! But it will never happen without prayer. You and I have to pray again like we’ve never prayed before. Get back into the house of God!

It’s time to pray.

The Seed of Violence

In the book of Genesis, chapter 6, and verse 11, the Word of God tells us before the earth was judged in that generation, it had become corrupt before God and was filled with violence. You and I must be alarmed in this generation which we are living in today when we see the senseless shootings going on in our society.

Just about the time of this devotional, there have been five police officers in North America that have been senselessly and deliberately gunned down, another college shooting and another high school shooting. Amos chapter 6 tells us that a prayerless, self-focused people caused the seed of violence to draw near. He talks about putting away the evil day. You and I must not be at this time found among this number. We must pray, God must come. There must be an awareness of His presence and His holiness again.

It’s time to pray.

When Rome Bends Its Knee

Acts chapter 2, verse 1, “And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

These brothers and sisters in Christ, in spite of their own weakness, got together and decided to do things God’s way. They began to pray, and when they began to pray, God came and gave them power to stand and fight back against a social order that was threatening to swallow the very testimony of God. They stepped into the marketplace with the power of God, and not only the religious of that time but eventually the Roman Empire bent its knee to Jesus Christ.

It’s time to pray.

Pray for Unity

Psalm 133 says, “Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron’s beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the Lord commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.

David the King says that when brethren dwell together in unity, God commands a blessing of life. We have lived divided for too long. Now we’re up against a social order that threatens the very testimony of Christ among us. We have no alternative but to come together in that bond of love and unity that God commands us to walk in. When we walk together in one accord and in one place, I believe the power of God will come again.

It’s time to pray.

Enough Evil

Proverbs chapter 29, verse 2 says that when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice. But when the wicked bear rule, the people mourn. So as the people of God what should our response be to the leadership in our generation?

Listen to what the apostle Paul says in 1 Timothy, chapter 2, verses 1 to 4: “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; Who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.”

It is time for you and I, as the people of God, to cease our evil speaking about the leaders in our generation.

It’s time to pray.

Come Boldly

Many people don’t pray because they feel spiritually weak and undeserving to speak with God. We must not forget that Jesus Christ understands and is compassionate towards our struggles.

In the book of Hebrews, chapter 4, verses 14 to 16, listen to what the Word of God says: “Seeing then that we have a great high priest, that is passed into the heavens, Jesus the Son of God, let us hold fast our profession. For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.”

We’re not called to pray when we’re strong; we’re invited to come to the throne of God when we’re weak. It is God who wants to become our strength.

It’s time to pray.