We are living in exciting days!
(I bet you haven’t heard that much lately, have you!?)
You’ve probably heard statements like…. “We are living in trying times.”, “These are strange days.”, “These are difficult days.” It seems like this year has been full of negativity, frustration, and fear. We are constantly bombarded with reports on the coronavirus, riots, disunity, hate, murder, politics, fires, floods, and yuck! But what if we are actually living in the most exciting days of our lives?
What if we are on the cusp of the greatest move of God in our lifetime?
What if God is doing a new thing in our day? What if God is using the events of our world to draw people to Himself? What if God is reviving His church? What if we’re going to get to be a part of the next Great Awakening? What if He is preparing us for His return? What if we are here for such a time as this? What if we are missing the great things He is doing because our focus is on the reports of doom and gloom?
I don’t know what God is doing in these days, but I know that He is working everything together for good and it is exciting. “And we know that for those who love God, all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)
Our first response to difficulties in this world ought to be prayer. “When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name 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 7:13 -14) It is time for us to pray and seek God’s face, both as individuals and as a body of believers.
I have been blessed to be a part of some sweet prayer gatherings at our church in these days, and every time I leave, I am encouraged and even excited about what God is doing. Praying with others always helps me turn my focus back to Jesus. “I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who made heaven and earth.” (Psalm 121:1-2)
Our help does not come from “experts”, politicians, or anyone else in this world. Our help comes from the LORD.
When we look to Him, we are reminded that He is on His throne and He is the same yesterday, today, and forever. He is sovereign over everything. We do not need to fear the storms that are brewing all around us, we simply need to seek His face and pray.
I recently had the opportunity to go to Washington DC for the Prayer March that was organized by Franklin Graham. Tens of thousands of believers gathered there to simply pray for our nation. The Holy Spirit’s presence was evident as believers from all over this country filled the mall and prayed. There were people as far as the eye could see in every direction. It was an impressive crowd, and the masses of people there were only a small portion of God’s people who were praying, and continue to pray, for our nation. Every great awakening in history has begun with someone praying. I wonder how God is answering the prayers of all these multitudes praying in these days?! It’s exciting to think about!
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking to Jesus, the founder and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is seated at the right hand of the throne of God.”- Hebrews 12:1-2
It is there, at the right hand of the throne of God, that Jesus is interceding for us! (Romans 8:34)
Let’s follow His example and pray! Let’s ask Him to move mightily in our day!
Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. -Ephesians 3:20-21
God is at work and these are exciting days!