By Julia and CJ
Jeremiah 17- The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?
10 I the Lord search the heart, I try the reins, even to give every man according to his ways, and according to the fruit of his doings.
There’s always been ugliness and hatred in the world since the beginning of time, causing mankind to be ugly and act in heinous ways toward each other. Even the history of our country shows that, however never before in the history of the world has it been faster or easier. In a nanosecond hatred can be spread throughout the world with the world wide web and social media platforms. Never has it been more obvious and in our face then it has now.
God has always been cursed and condemned since the beginning but again, now it’s more in our face in our country. God has been pushed to the side, God has been cursed, God has been condemned whole bodies of people say we don’t want your prayers anymore. As Christians we are called to pray, we are called to act and this is how we are to act, praying one for another.
There’s a popular quote from a movie that I find myself saying everyday now. “I’m tired boss, tired of people being ugly to each other.” In times like these its very easy to become very tired, emotionally, spiritually and physically.
For about 3 weeks now sleep doesn’t come easily. In fact more and more I find myself praying all night. At times not knowing exactly why, only a grieving in the spirit for the darkness in people. And dark events in the world. The Lords prayer has become a priority. Prayer is very important in the life of a believer. We see when Peter was in prison and when the church prayed for him that an angel appeared to set him free. (Acts 12:5-17)
Many times have I and others say they have woke up with a strong desire to pray. David also meditated upon his bed in night watches (Psalm 63:6-8).
Jesus too kept the night watch as it was in the forth watch of the night He walked upon the raging sea before His disciples (Matthew 14:22-33).
Prayer is not limited to the daytime, and it was after a night of prayer Jesus chose His twelve diciples(Luke 6:12-16).
When Jesus cried out in the Garden in prayer, the disciples slept, and He cried out to them: And he cometh unto the disciples, and findeth them asleep, and saith unto Peter, What, could ye not watch with me one hour?(Matthew 26:40)
When facing the stress of working and surviving in this world becomes overwhelming I find myself saying simply Lord have Mercy. At times there are those that make fun of that statement, and mock God. But God never fails us or to act out of His mercy. At times it feels like we are in a wilderness much like Israel went through 40 years in the desert. These are the times to call out to God. Call out from your very soul and trust in Him. Not in the world.
Like the song How Great thou art says, “then sings my soul…How Great Thou Art!” Will he find us, when He comes in battle with Prayer or will He find us worshiping the golden calf of the world? This is why He said many times, watch or I will come like a thief in the night catching you unaware.
Today the church sleeps, in this hour of darkness, persecution and tribulation the church sleeps. Christian persecution, innocent death in the middle east and Africa, the western church sleeps. When is the last time you have seen your church body meet at the altar to pray, to ask for Mercy for those persecuted, those sufferring, those grieving? Christ is calling out to us, “You can’t watch with me one hour?”
This wearing down of the saints and true followers of Christ is prophecied, and these are the times we are in now. Pull yourself up and cry out to God, listen, and watch for time grows short.
Time to wake up.