What Can We do?

There are days when I read the news online that I find myself wondering, “How can it get any worse.”  It seems as if sin is conquering and the gospel is chained in America.  Daily we read about leaders who are corrupt.  But it is not only confined to the world it is also within the church.

This was never more true to me than when I encountered a Muslim a couple of days ago.  It was late in the evening.  I was finishing up at the office when someone came and ask for keys to the church office.  As I went, I met a nice young man who was sweaty and tired from many deliveries.  Suddenly the Lord prompted my heart to share Christ with this Muslim.  The conversation was very intense, I sometimes fought thoughts of, “What can I do or say to this guy,” but I kept plowing forward with the gospel.

Certainly our nation is desperate for the gospel.  But there are times when we ask ourselves, “What can we do.”  I know Ezra and Nehemiah must have felt this way as they looked at their nation that was in ruins physically and spiritually.  As I read, Ezra 9-10, Nehemiah 1-2, and Psalm 34, I felt the encouragement of the Lord.

When Ezra saw the spiritual devastation he knew what to do.  When Nehemiah heard about and later saw the physical devastation he knew what to do.  Here is what Ezra did, “At the evening sacrifice I arose from my fasting; and having torn my garment and my robe, I fell on my knees and spread out my hands before the Lord,” Ezra 9:5.

Ezra knew that any difference he could make would have to start on his knees.  Nehemiah believed this fact, “So I prayed to the God of heaven,” Nehemiah 2:4.  Both these men understood that prayer adjusts our lives to what God sees and prayer causes us to repent and to request what He desires for our lives.  When this happens we are then able to run in the strength of His might and we will see great things in our world.

I want to encourage everyone who reads to consider two things over the next month.  First, will you daily pray for our nation for the next thirty days.  Your prayer should consist of the following; “Lord, show me my personal sin.  Lord, show the people of this nation their sin.  Lord my I and my nation confess our sin.  Lord help us to return to us and Lord send a great revival to our people.  Finally, Lord help us to elect the people who will return us to a biblical world view.”  Secondly, set aside each Tuesday as a day of fasting for our nation.

I leave you with the words of Jesus from Luke 11:8 “Ask, and it shall be given unto you, seek and you shall find, knock and the door shall be opened unto you.”

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