CONDITIONS THAT EXIST
The condition (debt, immorality, violence and all sin) of the United States is in direct relation to the condition of the church in the United States. It is not about the Liberterians, Democrats or the Republican political parties. The church is responsible for the condition of our nation.
The Gospel has been altered, watered down, compromised and many fear to preach the truth because they are afraid of church people and society. Some apologize when they preach the Bible so it has no effect on those who hear it. That is why we have sin, homosexuality, immorality, lust, and false doctrine after false doctrine taking place in the church, not just in the world. Any Biblical truth taken to the extreme becomes error.
Prayer and preaching the Bible is the only way to change our nation, or any nation. Teaching and preaching on the necessity of, and the how to of prayer will get the church focused on prayer.
WHAT DID JESUS SAY
Jesus Christ appeared to Kenneth E. Hagin in 1979. This is what happened in Kenneth Hagin’s own words. – Jesus said to me, “If the Christians of this nation had done what I told them to do in My Word and had prayed for the leaders of their country, they could have kept those evil spirits you saw in 1970 from operating in this nation. None of those upheavals would have occurred in your nation. You would not have had the political, social, and economic disturbances in this nation, and the President never would have made the mistakes he made. In fact, I’m holding the Church responsible for the President’s mistakes.”
When I heard Jesus say that, I cried out, “My God!” and began to weep. Jesus continued, “Yes, the Church is responsible before God Almighty. I know when you tell that to some Christians, they will laugh. But you wait until they stand before My Judgment Seat and see if they laugh when they are the ones who will receive the judgment.”
Jesus was saying that Christians could have stopped those evil strategies of the devil by taking their place in prayer based on the Word of God. Christians have authority on the earth in Jesus’ Name, and if Christians had prayed for those in authority, America would not have had the riots or the political and economic upheavals we experienced in our nation in the 1970s.
THE SECRET OF CHARLES FINNEY
Getting the Word of God to prevail in people’s lives should be the primary goal of believers as they pray for our nation and the world. If believers would avoid praying in unbiblical ways and begin praying effectively according to the Word of God, Satan’s strategies in cities and nations would be thwarted and God’s purposes would be fulfilled to a greater measure on this earth.
Praying for revival effects change in our cities and nations by pushing back the darkness. The ministry of Charles Finney, the great revivalist, gives us insight into how to prepare the way for revival through prayer that is based firmly on the Word.
Finney had revivals in city after city. Sometimes, almost entire cities would get saved when he came and preached there. That’s invading the kingdom of darkness! Most students of church history would agree that Finney had the greatest success at soul-winning of anyone since the Apostle Paul. It’s a historical fact that eighty percent of all Finney’s converts remained faithful to God in their Christian walk. In most of the other great revivals in history, not even fifty percent of the converts continued to live for the Lord.
When asked the secret to his success in the ministry, Finney simply said, “The secret is prayer. I always get up at four o’clock every morning and I pray from four o’clock to eight o’clock in the morning. I’ve had some experiences in prayer that indeed alarmed me. I found myself saying, ‘Lord, You don’t think we’re not going to have revival here, do You!’ And then I found myself quoting scripture after scripture to the Lord, reminding Him of His promises.
All Godly success has its foundation in prayer, and the belief of and practice of The Word of God. Are natural things involved? Yes, natural things that the Lord Jesus has instructed us to implement, not man. May we all seek the Lord Jesus and His Word together.