Praying for Our Nation
I attended a prayer network meeting lately and realizing the importance of prayer. Remember in the Old Testament, in Genesis, how Joshua went into the Battle, he’s a mighty warrior of God, and up the hills, we could see Moses uplifting the name of Jesus in prayer, also on both of his side, he has two people to aide him as he lifted up his hands from sunrise till sunset. That’s a picture we might perhaps already understood the meaning – Moses was uplifting his hands and that represents ‘prayer’, he’s been praying to God from sunrise till sunset, the Bible reads, whenever he lowered his hands, Joshua lost the Battle but whenever his hands is uplifted, Joshua won the Battle.
We are able to see the picture is that, the Battle depends very much on Moses, if he lowered his hands, they lost the Battle, but whenever his hands is uplifted, they won the Battle. In the Battlefield, Joshua perhaps is one of the many mighty warrior, and Joshua is skilled at war, and he’s a trained person in war and that’s no wonder.
We also need Joshua in our spiritual battle, we cannot live without a Joshua. Joshua might as well represent ‘ministries, pastors, ministers’ – all sort of Christian activities and work.
And YES Joshua is needed, and they play vital role as well. Somehow, if Moses is missing up the hills, lifting up his hands in prayer, then we will be lost in the Battle no matter how skillful we are, how effective the ministries go. Do you get the picture of it? ‘Prayer’ is vital for any success in Battle. We cannot just focus on ministries, running here and there, doing busy work but ignoring the major part of our Christian walk – as a prayer warrior, praying for our government, family and friends.
Whenever Moses lowered his hands, they lost the Battle, the minute you stop praying, or forget the pray, Satan is winning our nation, winning our families and friends. We need to take a serious look at prayer, or interceding prayer. Do not mourn over our nation, for what is happening in the Society we live in, do not use our energies just do the mourning, let us do the ‘praying’.
Let us be responsible and share the hearts of God, really taking responsible and action praying for our pastors, churches and ministries. Prayer moves the heart of God to do something
Moreover, I would encourage all brothers and sisters to pray for our persecuting churches, as they pay a high price for following Jesus, all over the world and you just can’t imagine how many of them are being persecuted just because of their faith in Jesus. Their prayers rose up to God, and God in His mercy and grace have been their strength and let us not to forget their sufferings and pray to God for them, that they might be strengthened and spread the Gospel even more further….Can you imagine their prayers, how they pray to God in their sufferings? Can you imagine how they sing songs of joy and praise to God during their persecution?
And where are we, when they need our prayers? And what have we been doing when they are suffering for what they believe? Have we been enjoying our lives and forgetting what our missions are? Have we fulfilled the commission that God calls us to do?
Remember our brothers and sisters in suffering, lift up our hands and pray and be their intercessor, be the intercessor for our nation, for our families and friends, and for the unsaved in this world!
Don’t lose track of what you supposed to do, don’t ask God for His will, His will is obvious to us, it is us failing to receive and see it.
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This is very good, and so timely, and so needed. I personally can relate to it, for I have found that in those times I was slack in prayer satan was most active in his tempting me. God bless.