Effectual Fervent Prayer

…The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. James 5:16

After having gone through a “dry spell,” as a friend called it, for a couple years, God has recently brought me back to reality hard and fast. Because I was away from Him, reading my Bible, and praying, I feel as if I’m a brand new believer learning everything all over again. It’s been an exciting time for me.

And I have witnessed in a most powerful way how God answers prayer. I have been praying for my husband and sons’ salvation, and within the last couple weeks my oldest son has started to talking to me about what’s been happening to him since Christmas. Apparently, God’s been working on his heart big time. From the first time he told me that he thinks maybe God has been talking to him (a couple weeks ago) to now, he has made tremendous strides forward. He is studying and searching and having some great discussions not only with me but with a friend of his from college. I don’t think he has accepted Jesus as his Savior yet, but I have no doubt that he will. The last time we talked he told me that I didn’t have to worry about him anymore, and that I could focus my prayers on his dad and younger brother. I just laughed and told him that I would never quit praying for him. And I won’t.

My heart is bursting with joy. I am rejoicing that God is answering this particular prayer. He’s been answering others as well, but this one is the most precious and important.

Breaking Reliances

I just read a fascinating post on the Scottish Warriors For Christ blog entitled Jehovah Rides Upon A Swift Cloud. The author, going by the name “appolus”, posed an intriguing idea, one that I find has great merit.

With all the turmoil going on in the Middle East, the Israeli’s are facing an uncertain future. They have relied upon their peace treaty with Egypt to help keep things relatively stable in the region for many years, but now the treaty appears to be on very shaky ground. Appolus’ thought is that this is God’s way of breaking Israel’s reliance on Egypt. He (God) is the only one who can save them, not a peace treaty with a country whose future leadership will most likely be the Muslim Brotherhood, a group not known for civility or peace, especially when it comes to Israel.

I will take this a step further and say that God is also breaking their reliance on their closest ally, the United States. This is evidenced by the current U.S. administration’s apparent disdain of Israel including the most recent decision to “rebuke” Israel by supporting a U.N. Security Council statement, that reaffirms it “does not accept the legitimacy of continued Israeli settlement activity.” It is no secret that President Obama holds contempt for Israel. This was made apparent in his infamous meeting with Prime Minister Netanyahu in March 2010. So, it should come as no surprise to Israel that the U.S. will most likely cut its ties and support should they suddenly find themselves in a situation needing America’s help.

Should these two events take place, the breaking of the peace treaty with Egypt and the abandonment of U.S. support, Israel will be stranded in the midst of wolves with no hope of rescue. Like Appolus said, this could be what God intends, so that Israel will no longer have anyone to rely upon but Him. Perhaps then they will finally turn to Him for their salvation through Jesus Christ.

The author of this article also suggests that the United States is in a similar situation and already is being judged. I have to agree. As a Christian nation, we have placed our faith in our country, its military might and wealth, to be our salvation and have removed our trust in God. “In God We Trust” is printed on our money, but it’s the money we have put our trust in, not God. Our military is one of the strongest in the world, yet it can’t protect us from enemies we can’t see, like economic disaster, hunger, and disease.

As He’s doing with Israel, breaking her reliance on Egypt and the U.S., God is also doing the same to us. He is breaking our reliance on America’s wealth, and I believe he will break our reliance on our military as well. How will He do it? That remains to be seen. But even now, the U.S. dollar is in decline and the United States is in deep, deep financial trouble. Unfriendly foreign countries hold our debt and will not hesitate to call in that debt when they feel the time is right, and it will be to our demise. Our money is going to be stripped away, and only God will be left.

As Appolus said in his article, many Christians in America have united nationalism with faith, believing that it is our “Godly foundations”, the Constitution, and our founding fathers’ vision for America that will guarantee the continuation of our heritage. Perhaps the only thing that should be taken as truth from the idol worship of our nationalism is the single phrase in the Declaration of Independence that states “with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence,” and memorize it until it is firmly embedded in the depths of our hearts that our protection comes from God and no other.

I don’t pretend to know all there is when it comes to current events and Bible prophecy. What I do know is that God can raise up and destroy any country He so chooses. I think He is bringing judgment on America now, and it is only a matter of time before complete destruction comes upon it.

The tragedy is that so many who call themselves Christians, and even those who don’t, have their heads buried so deeply in the sand that they can’t see the warning signs all around them. They believe in the infallibility of the United States and its military, but they can’t, or refuse, to see what is happening in the world around them. They have put their faith in America’s wealth and strength for their protection, but those very things will be yanked right out from under them, and then what will they do? To whom will they turn when their sense of security and peace no longer exist?

The decline of the dollar and the chaos in the Middle East should be a wake up call not only to Christians, but to the rest of the U.S. as well. We should be reassessing what it is that we are putting our faith in. Is it God or is it the almighty dollar? Is it God, or is it military might? Those things will fail. Only God will remain.

Disgust

Apparently, Fox Sports and the NFL are now promoting patriotism. They started off reading the Declaration of Independence, which led to patriot songs. One song was America the Beautiful, and the other one was the National Anthem sang by Christina Aguilera. Of course, she managed to leave out an entire verse. What a disgrace.

I find it odd that there is this “patriotic” movement a-foot all of a sudden. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s great that they recited the Declaration of Independence, however, it seems a bit forced and coming a little too late. I’m not buying this new push to promote a “united” America. It’s not united. The principles, or lack thereof, of the liberal left are promoting division not unity. I refuse to unite my beliefs with those that are valueless and immoral.

Which brings me to the commercials. I remember a time when we looked forward to watching the Superbowl commercials. They used to be funny. Now I have to send the kids out of the room. They started off with transexuals, then racism/violence, and then derogatory comments about women’s bodies. And nobody even seems to blink. This country is truly, truly lost.