Jesus Did It!
By: Norm Rasmussen
One of the most needed things in the United States (and every nation on this planet right now), is local church fellowships making time for those who attend that church, to come together ... if it's just one hour a month, with special emphasis on the first Sunday of every month as a rallying date ... and interceding in prayer against the growing demonic powers of darkness. Soul winning efforts and discipleship efforts will only be more fruitful ... if a local church fellowship will INVEST in unified, corporate prayer. (Which also importantly includes FASTING).
Interesting, and sad ... the Body of Christ didn't need to be "told" to unite with other brothers and sisters in Christ in corporate prayer shortly after September 9-11-2001, did they? FEAR of MORE terrorism to come was the great motivator.
And as God honored the prayers of the corporate Church praying ... no terrorism CAME, did it? Any coincidence? No coincidence at ALL!
Then corporate prayer began to die out in the weeks that passed. Have you considered this question lately? What is God going to have to allow to happen AGAIN to move the Body of Christ back into corporate prayer? Perhaps many of the freedoms taken away Christians have had in America, and now just take for granted? Increased persecution of various sorts? Finances continuing to be stripped away? Children and loved ones falling away from Biblical truth, and moving headlong into rebellion - sin?
Basic to the human race and God: God has all power to influence events on this planet, yet God EXPECTS (has ENTRUSTED; COMMISSIONED) the Body of Christ to be the PRIMARY means in which to motivate (activate) Him to release His will and power upon earth. The "vehicle" - the "means" to effect that is both personal prayer AND corporate prayer. Because Satan has so effectively seduced (conned) way too much of the Church into being content to operate in DIVISION, the importance of corporate prayer has become diminished. As long as the bills keep getting paid, local church leadership is content to neglect rallying their flocks to give themselves MORE to unified corporate prayer.
Pastors - Elders - Church leaders: As you see giving diminish and the bills stacking up higher and higher ... their is CORPORATE PRAYER with the REST of the Body of Christ. We can agree to disagree on minor doctrinal issues, but we had BETTER SOON start believing that God honors unselfish corporate, unified prayer, and doesn't obligate Himself to honor our lack of world-wide corporate Body of Christ prayer, because if a diminishing of finances isn't sufficient to motivate us to corporate prayer, then God can pull back some of His divine protection and we can find our "safe little sanctuary on the street corner" reduced to mere ashes in the blink of an eye. And once that happens, we can meet in homes once again like the beginning Church did.
God took special pains to say that His "house" is to be a "house of PRAYER." Stunning proclamation, that was. Not a house of endless preaching, teaching, singing, praising, socializing, shouting, sleeping with one's eyes wide open ... at the EXCLUSION of corporate prayer with the REST of the Body of Christ in an increasing, coordinated fashion.
God's Word in Ephesians 4:11-16 tells us that local Church leadership is to "help equip" the saints "for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we ALL come to the UNITY of the faith ..."
If you are in local Church leadership and you are prepared to stand before God and tell Him that He is NOT talking about teaching (helping equip) your flock the crucial importance of both individual AND corporate prayer with others in the body of Christ in your respective area ... good luck!
"But take heed to yourselves, lest your hearts be weighed down with carousing, drunkenness, and cares of this life, and that Day come on you unexpectedly. For it will come as a snare on all those who dwell on the face of the whole earth.
"Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man." (Luke 21:34-36 NKJV)
PLEASE HELP SHARE THE BEST NEWS GOD HAS FOR EVERY PERSON!
To help us share the Best News every person needs to hear on this planet, randomly click on just three (3) of the JESUS DID IT! links below. It will take just a few moments of your time. Please - thatís all you are asked to do. God will reward you! (Of course, be highly encouraged to forward one or more of these video clips to those who may have never heard what Jesus did for them on the cross ... especially young people). Thank you so much!
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Staff Note: For those who are living in Western Michigan, and more specifically, the Grand Rapids and surrounding area, here is a CITY-WIDE prayer initiative you may be interested in knowing of: http://www.gatheringgr.org/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=10&Itemid=10
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