We have become so accustomed to the comfort of our faith that we've forgotten what it's really all about. There's a lost and dying world that we come in contact with every day, yet we are no longer moved with compassion for their souls. The daily news, movies and experiences has in many ways desensitized us to the horrific sin, pain and experiences that flood the world around us. I am convicted tonight. I haven't wept enough for the lost or fought enough for the deliverance of others.
The enemy can keep us so focused on our own trials that we are blinded to their needs. Yes, I'm convicted...I want my heart to be completely broken for what breaks His, I want to feel what He feels as He watches what transpires in the earth and the heart of man. It's not all about being blessed and living a happy life. There's battles to be fought and victories to be won on behalf of others. The war can only be won on our knees, with a broken heart, filled with compassion for the lost and those who are suffering.
Do you realize the impact a church filled with those type of believers can make? Not just a group of feel-good Christians that accept Christ for what He can do for them, while they prostitute themselves with the world. We need to become a powerful, committed, self sacrificing body, who puts God's heart and desires before their own and are willing to pay the price... no matter how long it takes or what it costs to see His will come forth on the earth. Prayer, fasting and weeping.... ask the Holy Spirit to move in your heart and reveal to you the heart of God. We've wasted enough time doing it our own way.
Ezekiel 22:30 (NLT) “I looked for someone who might rebuild the wall of righteousness that guards the land. I searched for someone to stand in the gap in the wall so I wouldn’t have to destroy the land, but I found no one."
1 Timothy 2:1-6 (NLT) I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth.
James 5:16-18 (MSG) Make this your common practice: Confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you can live together whole and healed. The prayer of a person living right with God is something powerful to be reckoned with. Elijah, for instance, human just like us, prayed hard that it wouldn’t rain, and it didn’t—not a drop for three and a half years. Then he prayed that it would rain, and it did. The showers came and everything started growing again.
Deuteronomy 9:18-19 (KJV) And I fell down before the Lord, as at the first, forty days and forty nights: I did neither eat bread, nor drink water, because of all your sins which ye sinned, in doing wickedly in the sight of the Lord, to provoke him to anger. For I was afraid of the anger and hot displeasure, where with the Lord was wroth against you to destroy you. But the Lord hearkened unto me at that time also.