Keep on Praying, God is Listening

courthouse flagAs the WWII generation continues to reach the end of their lives and the baby boomers get grayer, the children being born from here on out will have no direct link to the way things used to be. This is what we Christians might call the “glory days” of the United States, when there was prayer in public schools, kids played outside and ran freely in neighborhoods, and the government was operating within its means.

Those days are long gone, and every day we see the further collapse of laws and institutions. It’s shocking to think how far we’ve fallen, and how fast it’s happened. Consider some of the changes in the last seven years:

  • Transgender surgeries and drug “therapies” are being given to children to help them change genders.
  • The Supreme Court has made same-sex marriage the law of the land.
    Radical Islam, cyber attacks, nuclear weapons and bio terrorism are all possible threats to national security.
  • A “deal” is made with Iran giving them a pathway to nuclear weapons and access to billions of dollars in frozen assets, without any concessions on their part.
    The national debt has grown to the highest level in history–more under President Obama than under all of the past presidents combined.
  • The U.S. Navy is down to 300 ships, the same number as 100 years ago. The Army is at pre-1940 levels and plans to reduce military personnel by 40,000. The Air Force has scrapped 500 planes, and plans to scrap more.
  • The “Arab Spring” has led to the complete disintegration of governments in Libya, Syria and Egypt.
  • That has caused the greatest immigration crisis in history, as millions of refugees arrive in Europe each year, decimating Western cultures.
  • The name “Israel” is being deleted from official U.S. websites and in political conversations.
  • The Jews are blamed for crushing the Palestinians and stealing their land–even as these so-called victims daily wage war on Jewish Israelis through stabbings, car attacks, and other means.

Christian pastors, prophecy experts, and analysts are beginning to say it is too late for America. Some claim there is no point in praying for our nation. They say it’s like when God became fed up with His people and told Jeremiah to stop praying. He said, “But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone.” Jer. 5:23.

That certainly describes a majority of the people of the United States. And like Israel and Judah, America has taken the gifts of God but has forgotten the Giver.

God tells Jeremiah, “Therefore pray not thou for this people, neither lift up cry nor prayer for them, neither make intercession to me: for I will not hear thee.” Jeremiah 5:16.

Should we stop praying also? Has our nation stooped to the level of the people in Jeremiah’s time? I don’t think so.

God challenged Jeremiah to try a find a man that executes judgment and seeks truth, but there was none. Yet, we have many, meeting in churches and synagogues and even on the internet. Abraham couldn’t find ten people in the city that obeyed God, but we certainly have more than ten times ten in our cities who love Jesus, serve Him, and are working out their salvation daily.

We cannot look at the ruin of our culture and give up, or stop praying! Remember Jesus’ parable about the ten virgins and their lamps. Five were lazy and unconcerned about the bridegrooms return. But the other five were hopeful and prepared.

So even as the time draws nearer, let’s occupy until He comes–working out our sanctification daily, praying for our nation and the issues at hand, and praising our Father and the Lord Jesus as long as we have breath.

Psalm 150:6 – Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD.

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