Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Got Rust on That Weapon of Prayer? Clean It Off and Start Using It!

Let the righteous strike me; it shall be a kindness. And let him reprove me; it shall be as excellent oil; let my head not refuse it. For still my prayer is against the deeds of the wicked.--- Psalm 141:5

If asked whether they consider prayer a "weapon", most folks would probably say that they don't regard the practice of prayer in that manner. To these prayer is mainly the issue of making confession, submitting petitions to God for help and seeking blessings with perhaps a little thanksgiving thrown in here and there. But viewing prayer as a weapon with visions of warfare is more than a bit of a stretch!

But here is how it is:

We live in a world that is dominated by a spirit that is hostile to God and this hostility is greatly intensified when it comes to His Son, Jesus Christ, Whom He sent into the world to redeem every human being from his/her sins. Every human being ever born into world comes under the scope of God's love and mercy, but at the present time the vast majority has chosen to reject that love.

God has revealed much about the practice of prayer, recorded numerous experiences people have had in prayer, and urged those who claim to have faith in Him to engage in the disciplined exercise of praying.

And since the Christian life is described at times as being engaged in warfare, it stands to reason that one of the weapons available in fighting this war is that of prayer!

Psalm 2:1-5 provides a graphic backdrop and reminds us that we are in a vicious conflict with the souls of human beings at stake. Notice it is the governing authorities that are at war with God because of attitude and at the present time those who head up the United States federal government more than fit the description given in the opening statements of the Psalm:

Why do the nations rage, and the people plot a vain thing? The kings of the earth set themselves, and the rulers take counsel together, against the LORD and against His Anointed, saying, "Let us break Their bonds in pieces And cast away Their cords from us." He who sits in the heavens shall laugh; the LORD shall hold them in derision. Then He shall speak to them in His wrath, and distress them in His deep displeasure..."

Consider some examples:

Arise, O LORD! O God, lift up Your hand! Do not forget the humble. Why do the wicked renounce God? He has said in his heart, "You will not require an account." But You have seen it, for You observe trouble and grief, to repay it by Your hand. The helpless commits himself to You; You are the helper of the fatherless. Break the arm of the wicked and the evil man; seek out his wickedness until You find none. The LORD is King forever and ever; the nations have perished out of His land. LORD, You have heard the desire of the humble; You will prepare their heart; You will cause Your ear to hear, to do justice to the fatherless and the oppressed, that the man of the earth may oppress no more. --- Psalm 10:12-18

Help, LORD, for the godly man ceases! For the faithful disappear from among the sons of men. They speak idly everyone with his neighbor; with flattering lips and a double heart they speak. May the LORD cut off all flattering lips, and the tongue that speaks proud things, who have said, "With our tongue we will prevail; our lips are our own; who is lord over us?" --- Psalm 12:1-4 [Note: we see the aforementioned attitude as being on display constantly in Washington DC by elected officials in high places, hence the need to pray that God will deal with it in His way and time!]

Stir up Yourself, and awake to my vindication, to my cause, my God and my Lord. Vindicate me, O LORD my God, according to Your righteousness; and let them not rejoice over me. Let them not say in their hearts, "Ah, so we would have it!" Let them not say, "We have swallowed him up." Let them be ashamed and brought to mutual confusion who rejoice at my hurt; let them be clothed with shame and dishonor who magnify themselves against me. --- Psalm 35:23-26

Be exalted, O God, above the heavens; Let Your glory be above all the earth. They have prepared a net for my steps; my soul is bowed down; they have dug a pit before me; into the midst of it they themselves have fallen. Selah --- Psalm 57:5, 6

There are numerous other statements in the Psalms which have to do with praying against the wicked, even those who sit in high places of power and influence. While there is much talk of the impact of ObamaCare on the republic and the change that may come about during the elections this coming November, don't wait for some political "process" to take place, but be praying now "against the deeds of the wicked" and all who leading our nation on a path toward sure and certain destruction!

Clean off the rust and start using that weapon! "Return upon their heads the fruits of their deeds, O Lord!"

LORD, I have loved the habitation of Your house, and the place where Your glory dwells. Do not gather my soul together with sinners, nor my life with bloodthirsty men, in whose hands is a sinister scheme, and whose right hand is full of bribes. But as for me, I will walk in my integrity; redeem me and be merciful to me. My foot stands in an even place; in the congregations I will bless the LORD.
--- Psalm 26:8-12

Saturday, March 20, 2010

Finally, I Now Find Myself in Agreement with Barack Hussein Obama!

“We are five days away from fundamentally transforming the United States of America!” --- Barack Hussein Obama speaking just prior to the presidential election of 2008

I never thought it would happen but it did. Always I found myself in radical disagreement with the president on a wide range of issues, no matter what they might be. The most obvious one is on his position of giving his sanction to the destruction of 25,000 unborn children each week of the year. I have maintained for a long time that Obama would have made an excellent Nazi SS officer in the days of WW II with his philosophy that certain individuals are not worthy to live because of certain existing factors. His one infamous example was that if his daughter should become pregnant, it was not right that she should be “punished” by being forced to bear the child – rather, an abortion would be the simple solution and the way of avoiding the “punishment!” In his twisted thinking, there are pregnancies that are considered “punishment” and the only way to resolve this dilemma is by destroying the unborn child and terminating its life!

Alas, I digress a bit in regard to a man who promised to “transform” the United States of America. He is keeping that promise and I agree 100 per cent that he is doing exactly that!

I agree that he is transforming our republic into a socialistic state and ultimately into a totalitarian state while at the same time professing to adhere to democratic principles! There is a word for that sort of thing, is there not? It starts with hypo.. something or other!

I agree that he has done violation to the U. S. Constitution along with co-conspirators in the U. S. Congress such as no other president has ever done in the history of our republic, which soon will be no longer a republic.

He has taken control in areas of what is known as the “private sector” as none has ever done before him. It has been big government taking over and controlling what goes on in the business arena.

And of course, the takeover of healthcare which involves 1/6 of the U. S. economy has been a top priority item for Obama and his partners in “legalized” crime throughout the land.

He has appointed numerous radicals known as “czars” who have extensive power and there is no way it seems for that power to be held in check since there has been no congressional approval nor regulated limits of these “loose canons” who are helping the president in his quest to “transform” the United States of America.

Basically what we are witnessing is the raw fact that very, very few people can handle power and/or wealth responsibly. Another common denominator is that such persons take the position that they are smarter than the common citizen and therefore know what is best since we ignorant ones do not! All we have to do is wake up, shut up, listen to the Pied Piper as he pipes, and then follow him to his warped interpretation of Utopia resulting from his “transforming” policies implemented over time!

Yes, I agree with Barack Hussein Obama that he is keeping his promise and indeed he is fundamentally transforming the United States of America. But I would not use the word “utopia” to describe his accomplishments but rather his transformation is resulting in a hell on earth.

If that was where my hope for the future was centered, I would be in a bottomless pit of despair, but I am thankful for the hope of God’s intervention at some point in the future with the return of Jesus Christ to this planet and the removal of all government leaders and elected officials from office, even those who had grandiose ambitions of “transforming” entire nations!

....since it is a righteous thing with God to repay with tribulation those who trouble you, and to give you who are troubled rest with us when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with His mighty angels, in flaming fire taking vengeance on those who do not know God, and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ. These shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, when He comes, in that Day, to be glorified in His saints and to be admired among all those who believe, because our testimony among you was believed. --- 2 Thessalonians 1:6-10

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Praying for the ObamaCare Legislation

Thus says the LORD: "For three transgressions of Judah, and for four, I will not turn away its punishment, because they have despised the law of the LORD, and have not kept His commandments. their lies lead them astray, lies after which their fathers walked." --- Amos 2:4

Heavenly Father, in mercy you have granted me another day of life. I give you thanks for your many blessings you have given me and my loved ones in times past. And I continue to give praise to you for the many times you have heard our heart cries in the past.

I give you thanks for the many mercies you have granted to this great nation throughout its history and how you have delivered it in times of conflict.

But we are a nation that has become corrupted over recent decades. Our religious leaders who profess to believe in you have too often denied truths revealed in your holy Word. There are those who refuse to accept the moral boundaries you have clearly established. Too often they have been silent regarding the mass destruction of unborn children.

Our elected officials have clearly ignored your will to pursue righteousness and truth. And now they are attempting to force unwanted legislation upon us under the guise of healthcare reform. Our president, his advisors, and the leaders of our Congress have resorted to illegal conduct in their efforts to force passage of this proposed legislation into law. Bribery is but one of the methods they have used in this matter. You alone know all that they have been guilty of doing. Return upon their heads, O God, the fruit of such acts of which they are guilty. Bring defeat and condemnation upon such actions.

And if it should be that the proposed legislation is passed into law, bring conviction and a tormented conscience upon those who have participated in doing this thing and brought such destruction to our republic. May they never know a moment’s peace, a night of restful sleep, taste a satisfying meal nor experience a bit of contentment until they publicly repent, acknowledge their wrong doing, and make proper restitution. And may the entire nation experience an increase in calamities so long as elected officials, beginning with the president, continue to defy you and seek to do their own will instead of seeking that your will be done entirely.

In the mighty Name of your Son, Jesus Christ, and for His glory alone – even Him to Whom is given the title, King of kings and Lord of lords I ask this. Amen!

For the leaders of this people cause them to err, and those who are led by them are destroyed. --- Isaiah 9:16

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Praying for the President, the Congress, and the Nation!

And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, "O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments, we have sinned and committed iniquity, we have done wickedly and rebelled, even by departing from Your precepts and Your judgments. Neither have we heeded Your servants the prophets, who spoke in Your name to our kings and our princes, to our fathers and all the people of the land..." --- Daniel 9:4-6

Heavenly Father, you are the living God -- there is no other! You have been pleased to reveal yourself through all that you have created, through your inspired Word, and by becoming human in the Person of your Son, Jesus Christ. It is through Him that I come to you in all my unworthiness. I give thanks for your abundance of mercies you have granted to me over the years I have been privileged to live in this world. I also give thanks for the many times you have heard and answered prayer as I called upon you in my times of need.

I ask for your forgiveness for my offenses against you in thoughts, desires, words spoken and deeds done. I also ask your forgiveness for my failure to act when I should have done so as well as failure to speak in witness to your revealed truth when I should have spoken.

I ask that you would work such chastising works as are necessary to make the president, the appointed members of his administration, and the members of the Congress fully aware that you are God and you hold all of us accountable for our actions day by day. The president has given his sanction to the mass destruction of unborn children for whom you have a high and holy purpose. Those in his administration as well as many in the Congress give their approval to this ongoing destruction of thousands every week.

You know all things -- from you nothing can be hidden. You know the extent of the dishonesty, the greed and the bribery that has corrupted those who have been elected to govern this republic. May every dishonest, unethical, and immoral act be brought to light that all will know the truth concerning these elected officials. Bring reproach upon their heads and defeat their attempts to hide questional acts in their conduct. Rebuke the president and his advisors whenever they attempt to take a course of action that is not within your holy will and purpose. Bring deep conviction and distress upon them when they fail to seek your will in the making of decisions and the proposal of all legislation. Bring every effort they make to total defeat when such efforts are not acceptable in your sight.

Raise up a prophet who will come in the spirit of your servants such as John the Baptist or Elijah and who will confront the president face to face with his sins and that of the nation.

For the nation I pray -- we are a nation deserving of the ourpouring of your wrath in judgment for our many abominations and transgressions of which we are guilty. The spirit of our nation is such that we are not grieved that unborn children are brutally mutilated and murdered before birth. We show no remorse that we have taken unto ourselves numerous idols, that we have turned the holy day of worship into a day of pleasure and spectator sporting events, and that we are being consumed in our pandemic immorality and have rejected your standards for expressing the gift of our sexuality.

We teach our young that our origins are found in lower life forms rather than teaching them about you and your mighty creation and that you alone are the source and sustainer of all life.

O God, while we stand deserving of your judgment, have mercy, arise and bring forth such calamities as you see fit in your infinite power and wisdom upon this whole nation that people in every place -- within the church as well as outside the church will be moved and stirred by the working of your Holy Spirit -- that there will be a desire to seek you in a true spirit of repentance and to confess that as a nation we have failed to serve and honor you as the living God Who is worthy of our love, our praise and our loyaty every day that we live.

Thank you that in a love that defies human understanding, you gave your Son, Jesus, for the sins of the entire human race. It is in His Name that I pray, asking for mercy for myself and my loved ones, and that you would for a time work your chastising works throughout this nation and to confront our government leaders and our church leaders with the need to repent of all of our sins, personally and corporately. In the Name of Jesus Christ, my Savior and Lord. Amen.

"...if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land." --- 2 Chronicles 7:14