“When he opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour” (Revelation 8:1). This is a most interesting verse. After the sealing of all true believers in Christ and in the midst of the Great Tribulation everything stops for prayer. This is a worldwide prayer meeting with devastating consequences for … those living on the earth. This is more than just a gentle wake-up call that the end is at hand and that we all need to get our spiritual house in order. “The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel’s hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake” (Revelation 8:4-5). We must conclude that our prayers going up before God have a tremendous effect upon the world in the midst of the Great Tribulation. As things start to heat up around the globe, it’s time to evaluate our prayers and their effectiveness.
The world is faced with so much unrest from sectarianism, civil wars, and terrorism especially among Middle Eastern countries, one wonders how to pray. Never has the world been so plagued with one natural disaster after another causing a great strain on the world’s economy and the survivability of its citizens, one wonders how to pray. As the war drums beat louder from madmen of the East promising death and destruction to Israel and America, one wonders how to pray. As all manner of wickedness seems to go unabated and the streets are filled with anarchists, one wonders how to pray. Finally, when we observe the gross immorality among the nation’s leaders, one wonders how to pray. Now take a half an hour and get your thoughts together and after you get them together… toss them out because they will be of no use to you. Start by getting in the Spirit, the Muslim can’t do it, the Hindu can’t do it, the unbeliever can’t do it, but you can, because without it you are wasting your time. And to be truly in the Spirit means to reject your independence and learn total dependence upon God. God is not interested in your ideals, your solutions, or your agenda to bring change to a besieged world. On the other hand, He is interested in your total submission to His will.
Now that you are in the Spirit, you can close the door to your closet. You will be conducting business between you and God alone. “Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven” (Matthew 6:9-10 KJV). The veil has been lifted and you see the world the way God sees it. All the nationalistic boundaries are erased, all cultures eradicated, all political and social barriers are removed, and all racial differences eliminated. So what else does God see when He looks in the earth? He sees His faithful remnant in every part of the world and sees the pagan hordes encamped against them. In shock, we have a new way of thinking! We no longer support one country against another. We no longer support one politician against another. We no longer highly esteem one culture or race over another. Conversely we support every Christian in prayer over the pagan encamped against him. We acknowledge that Satan is leading the pagan around by the nose to do his will and our prayers finally begin to take shape. Let us pray …
Holy Father, remove the blind fold from the pagan hordes who have been blinded by their religious dogma so that they see your magnificent love flowing through us to our brethren in every part of the world.
Almighty God, empower us to boldly proclaim to the pagan hordes that your judgment is raining down from heaven with hopes that they might see their pitiful condition and repent.
Lord Jesus Christ, we pray for our brothers and sisters around the world that they will die to self and walk in the Spirit at all times and in every situation.
Lamb of God, we pray that they are not blinded by the move toward world secularization and the implementation of a world religion that removes the Christian trust in You for all of life and godliness.
King of King and Lord of Lord’s, we pray that our brethren are not overcome by the many trials and tribulations in the world, but allow it to awaken the spirit within them to come and walk closer to You. Amen
As Christians join hands from around the world and allow God’s Holy Spirit to lead them in prayer it will have a profound effect upon the world in which we live. As we fast approach the end of days, use this time in effectual prayer to bring about real change in a beleaguered world, augmenting the polarization between the only two groups that really exists. I am calling all Christians, not to meet in the streets as the pagans do, but to come together in the Spirit with bended knee and in total submission to God the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. Let us shake the world through the power of prayer. The Muslim can’t do it, the Hindu can’t do it, the unbeliever can’t do it, but you can. Dear children, pray without ceasing.
Copyright © 2013 Rev. Daniel W. Blair
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