It’s Time Again to Pray

The early Christians knew what to do when trouble came their way. When nations threatened the testimony of Christ in them, they gathered together to pray. And listen to what they said in Acts, chapter 4, beginning at verse 29: “‘Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your Word, by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of your holy servant Jesus.’ And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken, and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of god with boldness.”

You and I are not called to draw back in this time of difficulty. We are called to stretch out our hands, believing that God’s power will begin to flow through our lives to bring healing to hopeless situations. They knew it was time to pray, and I’m calling you today because for you and me, it’s time again to pray.

Terror By Night

A recent Jihadist website urged its followers to make homemade bombs and to cause chaos and damage and loss of life in Times Square. I live near Times Square; I spend much of my time here, but I’m not afraid of these things. For the Word of God says, “Whoever dwells in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress: my God; in him will I trust.’ Surely he will deliver you from the snare of the fowler, and from the perilous pestilence. He shall cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you shall take refuge. His truth will be your shield and buckler. You will not be afraid of the terror by night, nor of the arrow that flies by day, nor of the pestilence that walks in darkness, nor of the destruction that lays waste at noonday.”

I am not afraid. I intend to take terror by the throat. I know the power of prayer. It’s time to pray.

Father Forgive Me

In Luke, chapter 15, Jesus Christ spoke of a young man who took the inheritance his father had given him and wandered far away from the plan and purposes of God. Many people in our generation have done this. We’ve been given an inheritance of the ability of God within us to make a difference in our generation. But many have taken that inheritance of life and have used it on self-consumption, just as this young man did.

A famine came into the land, and that famine began to stir his heart, and he got up and wanted to go back to his father’s house again. Oh, how surprised he must have been to find that the father was willing to cover his failure, empower him, put shoes on his feet and invite him into an incredible journey!

When you begin to pray, the doorway to God’s power begins to open, miracles begin to happen, and lives begin to change because your message now is about the power and the mercy of God.

It’s time to pray.

Out of the Belly of Hell

There are many people listening to my voice today who feel like they really can’t pray. You would say to me, “How could I possibly pray if you knew my struggles trials and difficulty? How could my voice and my life ever make a difference for anybody in this generation?”

Such was the case the prophet Jonah in the Old Testament. Listen to what he said: “I cried to the Lord because of my afflictions, and He answered me out of the belly of Sheol.” That means, “I was in an impossible place. I cried, and You heard my voice and You brought up my life from the pit, oh Lord my God. When my soul fainted within me, I remembered the Lord, and my prayer went up to You into Your holy temple.”

And you of course know what God did. He spoke through this situation, brought him out of the place of impossibility and brought him right into the place where his life can have an effect on his generation.

It’s time to pray.

The Present Battle is for the Future

In the Old Testament, there was a man called Nehemiah. Though he was just an ordinary man, an ordinary person just like you and me, he had a vision for the future. His vision involves something that you and I need to lay hold of today. Listen to his words in Nehemiah 4, verse 14: “I looked and rose up, and said to the nobles and to the leaders and to the rest of the them, ‘Do not be afraid of them: remember the Lord, great and awesome, and fight for your brethren, your sons, and your daughters, your wives, and your houses.'”

He was a man of prayer who knew that the present battle he was fighting was for the future. He knew that he had a weapon at his disposal that was unfamiliar to the adversaries-the weapon of prayer. He knew how powerful God can be. And he was fighting for the future of his nation and its people as he did.

You and I must pray and believe for His glory and presence to be there in the future of our sons and our daughters and our families and our nation.

It’s time to pray.

Victory Will Come

The book of 2 Kings, chapter 19, speaks about Hezekiah, one of the Old Testament kings. His land was invaded by an arrogant enemy who sent letters to him, declaring, “What we have done to others, we are going to do to you. They were powerless to stop us, and so are you powerless!” He even sent him a letter with his threats on it.

But Hezekiah did what you and I need to do in our generation. He went into the house of the Lord and spread the threats of the enemy before God. He prayed; he declared God to be all-powerful and able to give victory. He trusted in God for the victory when it was impossible for this to happen in human reasoning or in human strength.

If you read the story, you will find that God did the miraculous and completely vanquished that force that was about to destroy His nation. Victory will come if we pray.

It’s time to pray.