“And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint.” St. Luke 18:1b
God has blessed us to see December, 2010. It is a very special month for many both in and out of the Body of Christ. This month is a month of preparation and a month of decisions. It is important that during this month we spend quality time in prayer and listen to what God is saying to us and be obedient.
For many, the past eleven months have been very challenging but God has been good. At times you might have wondered if you would even make it to this month but praise God, He helped you through and you are alive. That alone is much to be thankful for, considering that many both young and old that begun the year are now deceased.
If you listen daily to the news, you will hear that each day, each week there are new situations and challenges. We are living in perilous times. What should we do and how should we react as Christians? How have you been reacting to all you’ve been seeing and hearing locally and internationally? Have you been talking and talking, speaking negative words into the atmosphere and not praying? It is time to pray.
The Christian life is one of victory, and we know when we read the end of Revelation that we’ve already won. This isn’t the end, but time is winding up. The devil knows that his time is short, and he’s doing all he can to cripple, frustrate and discourage Christians with fear. As a child of God today, “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me” (John 14:1). Fear cripples and fear torments. Do not allow yourself to be tormented with the spirit of fear.
Now more than ever God wants us to exercise faith in Him and to experience divine peace. Whether you want to believe it or not, much more is going to happen because these are the last days and we’re living in perilous times. But we have a hope. Our hope is in Christ Jesus. No matter what happens, God is with us. He’s promised never to leave us nor forsake us. It is more important than ever that we know how to listen to the Spirit of the Lord and that we acknowledge God in all our ways.
In these times we cannot afford to do things in our own strength and go our own way. We need God’s divine wisdom, guidance, and protection. Although we need to exercise divine wisdom, we cannot crawl into a hole and hide. We must walk in faith and resist the temptation to fear.
God is still depending on us to do His work and to be obedient to whatever He’s called us to do. The challenge to us as children of God is to live lives that are pleasing to Him, unspotted by the world. The world must see the difference in us. Our lives must demonstrate that the hope we have in Jesus Christ propels us forward. Only then will our witness give sinners a desire to serve Jesus Christ. People are watching to see how we are reacting to all that’s happening. They’re listening to us and what we are saying. They’re listening for words of hope and comfort. Have you been telling others of the hope that’s within you because of Jesus Christ or are you just as fearful as anyone else? God is depending on us to spread His love and His Word to a hurting world.
God has promised us a peace that passes all understanding, and we must walk daily in that peace. Even in the midst of trouble, when you’re tempted to feel afraid, know that God is a divine protector. He has promised that His heavenly host will surround us. Do not fear; hope in the Lord.
Beloved, if ever a time we need to pray it is during this month of December, 2010. Paul admonishes us in 1 Thessalonians 5:17 “Pray without ceasing.” We are in a season of GRACE and God is giving many time and space to repent and get right with Him. The year ahead is one that for those who are not grounded in Christ Jesus, only God … For this reason, we cannot afford to waste a moment in this month. This is preparation time, more so spiritually than ever before. December is the final month of preparation for what lies ahead.
God is a merciful God and He loves and cares for His own. We must pray not only for ourselves, our family, our relatives but also our government, leaders at all level, both in the church and in the world; our co-workers, our territory and yes, also our enemies. The Word exhorts in 1 Timothy 2:1-3 us to pray for all men “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.”
Husbands pray for your wives and your children and wives pray for your husbands and children. Parents, pray for your children, grandchildren, great-great grandchildren, sisters, brothers and other extended family members. Employers pray for your firm and your employees and employees pray for your employers and place of employment.
We need to pray for our government and the upcoming 2011 elections from now. This election will be a turning point for us as a people, one way or the other. We must pray that God’s divine will be done unhindered by the enemy and the works of darkness.
Members pray for your pastors and leaders; and pastors pray for your members. Church cannot be business as usual in 2011. Warfare prayer and intercession is the key to confronting and defeating the enemy in 2011. Obedience to God will save many lives from premature spiritual and or physical death. For many, December is the month of God’s time and space to repent. Now is the time to change your heart and turn to God.
We must pray against war, death and destruction, and strange physical and spiritual fires. We must pray from now against the 2011 hurricane season and pray against earthquakes in the Caribbean region – for in 2011 the Caribbean will experience a shaking.
We encourage you today to pray without ceasing and fast individually and collectively as the Lord leads.