When the Voice


We are drawing near to an unfamiliar place like those who were on the ship in Acts, chapter 27. We have undertaken a journey, and we have disregarded the warnings in the Word of God. We’ve done everything we can to keep our nation together. We’ve tried to tie it together; we’ve tried to bail it out. And now we are throwing overboard those things which have been of value to us for many, many generations.

Finally the voice of truth appeared again. It was a man called Paul, and he told the people that the ship will be lost and we will be cast in to an unfamiliar place. But God is willing to show mercy in spite of the arrogance and the ignorance of the direction in which we have taken.

I speak to those who can still hear in America today. We have undertaken a journey that will cause our nation to land in an unfamiliar place. God is willing to show mercy, but first, we have to pray.

The Voice of Praying


Acts, chapter 27 tells us about 276 taking a journey that ended in collapse and calamity. You can only imagine the confusion and opinions that were coming from all of these voices on the ship. People blaming others, some desiring vengeance. Others filled with anguish, some perhaps offering false hope.

But in all of it, only one voice made the difference. Only one voice brought things back to order, restored direction, gave focus and true hope—it was the voice of a praying man who had heard from God. Listen to the words of Paul: “There stood by me this night the angel of God, whose I am and whom I serve, saying, ‘Fear not, Paul, thou must be brought before Caesar, and lo, God has given thee all them that sail with thee.’ Wherefore sirs, be of good cheer, for I believe God that it shall be even as it was told me.” We need to pray again.

It’s time to pray.

Pray


In New York City, a most unusual prayer meeting has begun. People now from 112 countries have joined in online prayer, either live or submitting their prayer requests during the week. There have been over 1,000 answers so far—phenomenal answers to prayer.

Our meetings are absolutely impregnated with joy and expectation that God is doing something and is delighted to answer our prayers. You can go to wwpray.org to see last week’s meeting. You can submit a prayer request, you can encourage someone else, or you can read about the marvelous answers that people have received so far. It is potentially one of the most incredible opportunities I’ve ever seen in my lifetime to pray live with people from all over the globe. It is truly, truly worth a visit to see what God is doing.

It is time to pray.

Victory Over Our Goliath


As Israel once was, we, too, today are being threatened by the voices of godlessness. Those who have lost sight of God, historically, are always fearful when these voices arise. The Scripture tells us that the men of Israel, when they saw this man Goliath, fled from him and were completely afraid.

Yet the Scripture tells us that in the last days, those who know their God shall be strong and do exploits. This means that we will be given the ability to do things that are beyond our natural ability. Thank God for men like David, who came into the camp and was more concerned about the honor of God than the fear that was in that present society. And he stood with the weaponry that God had given him, and with the power of prayer and faith and confidence in God, won a marvelous, marvelous victory that day. We need to pray again and believe God.

It’s time to pray.

Following the Footsteps


In the gospel of Luke, chapter 4, Jesus stood in the pulpit and read these words, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me because He has anointed me to teach the gospel to the poor. He has sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, recovering of sight to the blind and to set at liberty them that are bruised; to preach the acceptable year of the Lord.”

He closed the book and gave it to the minister and sat down. The eyes of all that were in the synagogue were fastened on Him, and He began to say unto them, “This day is this Scripture fulfilled in your ears.”

The ministry of Jesus Christ was all about others. I am deeply thankful for that, and I know that you are as well. We have to ask ourselves the question, “Are we following in the footsteps of our Master? Is this what our following of Christ is really all about? Is it about other people?”

It’s time to pray.

God Still Answers Prayer


Romans chapter 1 verses 18 and 19 tell us these things: “The wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness, and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Because that which may be known of God may be manifest in them for God has shown it to them.”

The whole chapter speaks, in essence, of the downward spiral of any people who once knew the truth of God. Do you find it as tragic as I do, in the United States of America, that we have so degenerated from what we once were into what we are now becoming?

Verse 22 says, “Professing themselves to be wise, in actuality they have turned to foolishness.” This is the fate of societies that reject God. The good news for you and I is that God still answers prayer. He still looks and longs for a people to come back again into His house and to begin to petition Him to do what only He can do.

It is time to pray.