By Pastor Tom Albrecht
Today, even in the face of failed attempts to solve the problems of terror, crime and poverty, our leaders will not acknowledge their need of God's wisdom and guidance.
A recent headline following the terror attack in southern California read, "God isn't fixing this" and there was some ridicule aimed at people who were holding on to one another for prayer and comfort. There was a time when leaders in America and in other countries were unafraid to call for prayer, asking God for protection and victory over the enemy.
"God is all about 'fixing' brokenness and restoring wholeness to those whose lives have been destroyed..."
God’s Word tells us there is power in prayer and intercession for the nations when we humble ourselves and pray (2 Chronicles 4:17). We must understand the starting place for the healing of nations is with us – God's own people – who in humility and repentance, cry out for mercy. The failure to acknowledge that there are two kingdoms at war for control of man's destiny have rendered nations powerless to stop the onslaught of terror and injustice.
I don’t believe that it is too late for a dramatic turnaround in America and the world. I am reminded that God stirred the heart of a pagan king named Cyrus to release the captive Jews to return to Jerusalem and rebuild the temple. The king of Persia (modern day Iran) was stirred by the word of the Lord through the prophet Jeremiah ... and God is able to do it again.
To take no responsibility in prayer for the hand of God to bring about a great end time harvest does not seem consistent with Jesus' own words concerning the need for laborers for an abundant harvest.
God is all about "fixing" brokenness and restoring wholeness to those whose lives have been destroyed by sin. It is time for passionate prayer and Holy Spirit activated believers to do what Jesus did (Luke 4:18) ... preach the good news, heal the sick, unlock the prison doors, and set the captives free!