We Need to Pray More Than Ever
By Dennis Huebshman
Watching all the events of what’s going on in the world today is like seeing the Bible coming to life at an ever increasing pace. For those who have studied, and are studying Bible prophecy, it’s getting to be an exciting time. We’re not fearful of what’s happening or waiting for things to get better, as we know this earth is on a preordained downward spiral. Also, we don’t rely on the “Faux News” sources, but seek resources that are giving real updates of the present condition of the world. We do know Our Lord and Savior is preparing to call His Church Home (Rapture), and it could be at any moment.
There are people in troubled areas that are coming to the Lord at an accelerated rate. Examples are Iran and China, even though those countries have ruled Christianity to be illegal. However, in the United States, Canada, Europe and many other countries around the world there is actually a decline. Jesus knew this would happen and isn’t surprised by what’s going on today. Many countries are persecuting Christians even to the point of martyrdom.
The Youth are especially turning away from “religions”, and are seeking other ways to feel significant. They don’t realize how powerful a “Relationship” with the Trinity really can be. For this, we all need to be in prayer, asking the Father to put in their path someone, something, a vision or whatever to try to influence our youth to turn to Jesus. God will in no way force anyone to call out to Him, but that doesn’t mean He won’t try to provide “incentives” for all to seek His Son Jesus.
He’s not just sitting “passively” by, and allowing satan to totally take over. During the 7-year Tribulation, the Father will allow a lot of free reign to satan’s crew – Anti-Christ and False Prophet – but He will still be there for those who will call out to Him even then. They will be given the ability to face whatever the evil forces throw at them as many will be killed because they won’t accept the mark of the beast. At the end, Jesus will be the victor!
The Tribulation is going to be a terrible time – the worst this world has ever seen or experienced. Wouldn’t it be wonderful if all of our loved ones were to miss it completely? This can be accomplished if each and every one will accept Jesus as their Savior. Sounds simple, but the fact is the pull of the evil one is getting stronger, and more people, especially the youth, are being negatively influenced. Peer pressure is leaning more toward “socialism” and atheism, and this is a powerful force. Teachers in schools and colleges are mostly liberal and are influencing the youth to turn away from Christianity. Satan knows his time is getting short, even though he does not know the day or hour of the Rapture, and he’s pulling out all the stops. His demons are everywhere and working overtime to pull as many away from Jesus as they can before it’s too late. Satan is not omnipresent (everywhere) like the Father and relies on his demons to do his dirty work for him.
Our greatest weapon is prayer. No matter what some false preacher may say, we cannot fight satan on our own. We need the full armor of God as given in Ephesians 6, starting with the 13th. verse. We need to ask the Father for protection from the “firey darts” being thrown at us (Ephesians 6:16). We will still slip and sin as long as we are on this earth, however, God has provided a pathway to forgiveness as given in 1 John 1:8-10. Once we’re called up in the Rapture, we will no longer be subject to our sinful nature. How wonderful is the thought of this?
The Father has given us a resource that was prepared over a period of several thousand years, and is just as valuable and pertinent now as when it was completed at the end of the 1st. or beginning of the 2nd. Century. The Bible is a work by the Holy Spirit’s influence on all the writers, and has been proven more and more by secular scientists to be 100% accurate. From this, we can rest assured that when it says thus-and-so is going to happen, it will be done. God doesn’t make idle promises.
Daily study along with prayer is a must. First and foremost, we must believe the Bible is the True Word of the Father. Those who never have read any part of it can be made to believe it’s just a book of stories, or is a complete work of fiction, and twisted words can be made to sound believable. Once a person has accepted Jesus as their Savior, and the Holy Spirit resides in them, the words come to life. Just as He influenced the writers, the Holy Spirit can provide readers understanding if given the chance.
Again, just reading isn’t all that’s needed as we need to talk to the Father regularly. Prayer is not something that is to be ritualistic, or long and formal. He is our Creator, and He already knows what we need, but as any good “parent” would be, He likes to have His Children (Believers) talk to Him. We can tell Him of our feelings, fears, sins, needs – Anything! He is listening, and whatever is in His will, He will provide.
James 4:2b-3: “… you do not have because you do not ask; (3) You ask and do not receive because you ask wrongly, so you can spend it on your passions.”
God doesn’t have any particular time for you to talk to Him. He is available at Any Time, and at Any Place where you happen to be. You can speak out loud, or just think what you want to say to Him. The more one talks to Him, the easier it becomes. He loves our thanks and praise for His love for us, and for what He has done in our lives. There have been times when I have felt distress and all I could say was, “Father, Help!” Just knowing He is there makes hard times easier to confront.
One thing I have pointed out before, and would like to repeat; “When you don’t feel like praying – Pray.” This was the title to a song in 1997 by the Southern Gospel Group, Gold City, and it speaks volumes. God wants a relationship with us so much that He sent a special part of Himself – Jesus – to take our punishment for sins that would otherwise keep us from Him. No other so-called religious deity can compare to the Lord God Jehovah. He does not give us things to have us go away and not bother Him as some earthly parents do. He wants to show He loves us, and expects that we love Him in return, and rightfully so.
Prosperity preachers try to portray our Heavenly Father as Santa Claus who will give you all your “greeds”. Please re-read James 4:2b-3, and understand He provides our “needs”.
In his day, Jesus had the most problems with the Religious Leaders (Pharisees and Sadducees). This is one reason He was never really impressed with organized religious worship that was made up by man. He called them out numerous times for their “Faux Worship”. He came to save the lost, and that includes you and me.
Our relationship with Him is the most important thing we should strive to improve every day. We are in troubling times, and major changes are on the way. It’s wonderful to know the Creator of the Heavens and Earth has our back, and He’s there 24/7 without fail. Always remember to thank the Father for our Jesus, who through His sacrifice gave us the right and privilege to approach the Father Himself. Also, thank Him for sending the Holy Spirit to dwell within us. Paul said in 1 Corinthians 6:19, “Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the “Holy Spirit” who is in you, whom you have from God and you are not your own?” And 2 Timothy 1:14, “Protect that good thing entrusted to you through the Holy Spirit who lives within you.”
To accept Jesus and to have the Holy Spirit within you, talk to the Savior; tell Him you know you are a sinner as is everyone else on this planet (Romans 3:23); ask Him to forgive you, and be assured He will, if you are serious about this. Believe that He died for our sins on the Cross at Calvary, and paid the total debt we could never afford. Believe He conquered sin and death when He arose that first Easter Morning. He will for give you, and you will be saved, and you will be pure and acceptable to the Father through the blood of His Son. The Holy Spirit will reside in you, and you will be “Rapture Ready”. Don’t add anything else. “Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe; Sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow.” (Elvina M. Hall 1878)
Shalom Aleichem! (Peace be with You!)