The Time Is Now

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)

“The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.” (2 Peter 3:9-10)

“And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.” (Revelation 20:15)

Hell and fire, forever and ever. Imagine. Endless pain and torment. It just doesn’t seem fair. It doesn’t seem right. But the Bible says that those who do not love our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will be lost forever! Imagine … forever! Does it not make you think or weep? Tell me!

In sheer disbelief, we may be inclined to say, ‘Oh, Lord, do you really know what you are doing? Are you sure that this is the way that it is supposed to be?’

God’s answer will be something like, ‘Keep praying. I desire all to be saved and come to repentance!’ (2 Peter 3:9)

The only answer is prayer. I tell you, pray. Pray. And pray ceaselessly. Pray endlessly day in and day out. Give yourself no rest, if you call yourself a Christian.

Be guided by the Holy Spirit when you pray. You will see things happen. Yes, our nations can be changed through the power of prayer! Lives can be changed and even transformed. It can all happen with you — and will happen with you — as you let God literally fill you and guide you with his Spirit on a moment-by-moment basis.

‘But I don’t know how much difference it will really make,’ you may say.

Keep praying.

‘But I don’t feel like God hears me!’ you may cry out at times.

Keep praying. Just keep praying. And praying. And praying.

Here are some tips on how to pray effectively:

1. Stop using meaningless repetition when you pray. God desires that you pray with an honest, open heart. Let him know how you feel. He is your best friend. He wants to have your heart. If he can have possession of your heart, then he will use you. Mountains will quake when you pray. The heavens will be moved. You’ve got to give God your heart, and that means sharing with him all your deepest pains and griefs. (By the way, this is also a good way to get healed of many physical afflictions, for lots of diseases ‘hold on’ and are ‘attached’ to your emotional griefs and burdens — hence, this is why you are diseased and suffer, and it would be a good idea to take your suffering as a sign that you need to share something with God).

2. When you pray, use the Bible as a means of guidance in prayer. For example, during your early morning devotionals when you spend time with God in secret prayer and in the word of God (you DO do this, don’t you, on a regular, consistent, basis?) it is wise at least once or twice a day (in my experience) to have the Bible opened as you pray (e.g. Through a particular book of your choice), and, as you read, you will get ‘convicted’ at certain spots. Stop right there, and bring whatever issues come to your mind to God. He may use that Scripture you have been reading to really help you to bring some burdens before him. For example, say that you read about the government back in Jesus’s day, at that point, you may sense a great need to pray about your own government. This is just one example, but the list is virtually endless and God does move in this way, for he honors the reading of his word and those who are devoted to it.

3. Be very sensitive to the Holy Spirit. How do you do this? Always be in a ‘listening’ mode, ready to respond to the voice of God. Expect God to speak to you. He will, precisely because you desire to do his will. He is faithful to those who are faithful to him. He will not treat you as ‘swine’ (Matthew 7) if you regard him as holy and are ready to do what he says. Remember, Abraham was the friend of God, and God showed him amazing things, and even spoke with him through a theophany (preincarnate Christ). God also spoke to Moses in this way, because he regarded God as holy, and was ready to do whatever he said. The same principle applies to you — God will reveal himself to you, and speak to you very clearly, if you will regard him as holy. (John 14:21)

The days are short. The time is now to pray.

“Pray without ceasing.” (1 Thessalonians 5:17)