- Pastor John Conover
A Season to Fall on our Knees in Prayer
While every day in every age is a time for praying without ceasing, some difficult times accentuate our need for seasons of prayer. Our country is experiencing an internal cold war, but it seems to be getting hot and out in the open. Our churches are trying to rebuild relationships, effective ministries, and attendance. Our country has real concerns for staying healthy and praying for those impacted by the powerful corona virus. Let's pray!!
Let us fall on our knees in prayer because of the Fall of mankind back in the garden of Eden. That fall resulted in the human race being separated from our Creator by sin; it's curse, it's nature within us; and it's on-going struggle to do what is right. Let's pray!!
Let us fall on our knees because of the examples of falling away in Scripture. Hebrews 3 is a call to us, just like it was to the "Hebrews" to whom it was written, to NOT be like Israel when they wandered in the wilderness forty years. It is called "the rebellion" because a whole generation set themselves apart from God and His messenger, Moses. Let us be motivated by the horrible consequences. Let's pray!!
Let us fall on our knees because of the future, final "falling away." II Thessalonians 2 teaches us that a universal falling away will happen in the time of Tribulation. The anti-christ will have a huge impact by his teachings and miraculous works. The passage was written to believers who thought they could be in the time of God's wrath already in that first century church. So the primary teaching was for encouragement to stay busy for Christ; you did not miss the Rapture; and God is still working in and through the Church. At the same time, it is a warning to be ready, and to help others get ready. Let's pray!! Read more from Hebrews 3 and II Thessalonians 2 to meditate on how to live in light of these times when it is easy for believers to fall and backslide.