Ten Things to Pray For In These Last Days
There’s no denying it, we are definitely living in the last days. As things get darker and persecution continues to crescendo around us; our light, as followers of Jesus Christ, should be shining brighter than ever.
Remember, every failure can be traced back to a lack of prayer. This is not the time to take a back seat in hopes that everything will turn out alright. We must prepare ourselves and others.
Here is a brief list of things we should be praying fervently for as we move forward together.
1. Pray that God will examine your heart for anything that is hindering your relationship with him. Of course, don’t pray this prayer unless you’re willing to forsake the idols he points out.
Psalm 139:23-24 KJV
2. Pray that God may be glorified through you. A true attitude of worship means that you decrease and God is increased in glory. It is through glorifying him that others will be drawn to a right relationship with him also.
John 3:30 KJV
3. Pray for integrity. Many trials will come, and many things will come at you with the sole purpose of shaking your faith. The truth will be trampled on and many will fall away. Having integrity when everyone around you has abandoned it, for fear of persecution, will become paramount.
Psalm 25:21 KJV
4. Pray for your loved ones. Strength can be drawn from others close to you who also know Christ as their savior. We need to be available to encourage one another, whether they be family or friend. Centering your relationships around God’s Word will help to build one another up during stressful times.
Hebrews 10:24-25 KJV
5. Pray for those that are lost. This may very well mean praying for those who are causing you harm. Remember that each soul is precious in the sight of God. Christ Jesus died for every man. His love for you is no more than his love for those that are wicked. Pray that their eyes will be opened and that God would grant them repentance.
2 Peter 3:9 KJV
6. Pray to be used of God to be a witness to others. What use is it to have the cure for cancer if you keep it bottled up. Pray that God will give you a door of utterance to preach the gospel; the good news that Jesus Christ saves. Pray for boldness. Pray for discernment. And most of all, pray for compassion.
Jude 1:21-22 KJV
7. Pray for wisdom. This is not the time for foolish or half-cocked reactions. Discernment will be needed to make right choices. Everything you see and hear will challenge your understanding of the truth found in God’s Word. Only the truth will make you free.
James 1:5 KJV
8. Pray for grace. Your faith will be tested. For some, your faith may be tested to the death. Remember, God has not abandoned you. You may have been chosen to be one of those blessed with sharing in Christ’s sufferings. If you are, God has chosen a greater resurrection for you. You will need God’s abundant grace to make it through the fires of tribulation.
Romans 8:16-18 KJV
9. Pray for your enemies. 2nd century church father Tertullian wrote, “the blood of martyrs is the seed of the Church.” Multitudes of souls are in Heaven who were once the sworn enemies of Christianity; that at one time witnessed the unearthly reaction from their victims in the face of their worst. Remember, Christianity is not a resistance movement. It is a persistence movement. Will you have the persistent love for the lost that will cause you to do as Stephen did, while stones were being hurled at him?
Acts 7:60 KJV
10. Pray that God will multiply your influence. Even before things get crazy, it is important both to be prepared and to prepare others. God has given us the seed of his Word. It is our responsibility to sew that seed. It is God’s responsibility to multiply it. Jesus Christ is worthy of every soul’s repentance. Pray that his name will be magnified through the spreading of the Gospel, like never before.
Matthew 9:37-38 KJV
It’s time to prepare for hard times, my friends. And, if you’re a bible-believing, Christ-following Christian, I believe the coming years will be particularly troublesome. I say “bible-believing, Christ-following Christian” because our degenerating culture has all but stripped the biblical definition of the word “Christian” from today’s collective conscience so that it has lost much of it’s scriptural meaning, even among many of today’s attending church members.
The enemies of Christ have clearly risen to great power in this country and are, even as I write, busy endeavoring to finish off what remains of the church for the purpose of replacing it with a god and religion more suitable for global government. Though they may well in time take possession of the many debt-heavy mega churches and other grand houses of worship around the country in order to turn them into federally-subsidized community centers for faith-based social services, they won’t be successful at completely silencing or eliminating the true body of Christ who will likely be forced to abandon them in order to keep hearing and proclaiming God’s Word uncensored. Unless the Lord Himself intervenes to alter the current course of events, those now in power will most certainly rule over us for a season–and an arduous one at that. more>>
Following is the text of Saeed Abedini’s letter, translated into English and circulated by the American Center for Law and Justice March 22:
Hello to my dear love and wife,
When I saw my family for the first time behind the glass walls, I could see my mom four meters away. As she approached me and saw my face, she broke down and could not get closer. She was crying. I understood what she felt because after weeks of being in solitary confinement in Evin Prison, I also got to see my face in the mirror of an elevator that was taking me to the prison hospital. I said hi to the person staring back at me because I did not recognize myself. My hair was shaven, under my eyes were swollen three times what they should have been, my face was swollen, and my beard had grown.
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[Excerpt – TBC Staff]
“I feel as if one of my arms has been cut off,” said Dr. P. P. Job. It was the most difficult sermon of his life: the funeral for his own son. His voice was heavy with emotion. “But with whatever I have left, I will continue to serve Christ’s kingdom.”
Dr. Job often risks his life traveling to encourage Christians in restricted nations. He also preaches at large crusades in India and has seen thousands come to Christ.
His work has angered radical Hindus in his homeland. In June 1999, a rock hurled through his car window hit Dr. Job in the forehead, leaving a bloody gash. A week later Dr. Job’s youngest son, Michael, was walking near the medical school where he was studying to become a doctor. A Fiat driving full speed crashed into Michael and then drove off. The perpetrator was never found. Michael, with massive injuries, fell into a coma and died days later.
As he promised, the loss of his son has not stopped Dr. Job’s ministry. Since Michael’s death, Dr. Job has preached more crusades, winning thousands to Christ. The cost for Dr. Job’s ministry has been high: his own son. But he is not alone. God also knows what it is like to lose a son so that others may see salvation.
The road ahead for the persecuted church is steep and may be long. For over two thousand years, many have been motivated by evil in their opposition to the gospel of Christ. As Christians we must be willing to pay a price—even if we are never required to do so. This is the lesson of Abraham’s life. He was willing to sacrifice Isaac—through whom the blessing was going to come. Being willing to sacrifice for our commitment to Christ makes us stronger. The idea of sacrifice clarifies our goals. Sacrifice solidifies our character. Commitments that cost us something change our family, our neighborhood, and our world for Christ. We learn how strong we really can be. Although we don’t wish to lose that which we hold dear—we strive to remain undeterred in our devotion, despite any circumstances.