DO WE JUST PRAY?
By Mario Murillo
Benghazi, Fast and Furious, IRS scandal, NSA spying on Verizon cell phone customers, Gay Marriage, Planned Parenthood: in the current atmosphere of poison that Obama has created it is very hard for believers to know what to do. Do we just pray as some many are saying right now? A recent article in a popular Christian magazine even said, “Don’t curse the darkness, just pray.”
First let me say that prayer has been the life force of my ministry for over 40 years. I cannot live without it and it must precede anything I do in the Name of the Lord. However I am watching a dangerous abuse of the essence of prayer. People are avoiding action by simply crying out to God instead of listening for instructions, orders and strategy from God.
Moses faced this very temptation to abuse prayer. He and the children of Israel were trapped between the Red Sea and the armies of Pharaoh. Moses had turned prayer into a delay tactic that was endangering the people of God. Exodus 14: 15 Says, “And the Lord said to Moses, “Why do you cry to Me? Tell the children of Israel to go forward. 16 But lift up your rod, and stretch out your hand over the sea and divide it. And the children of Israel shall go on dry ground through the midst of the sea.”
There are Christian leaders who have not taken a public stand against the fierce erosion of our rights and the unrelenting assault on our morals by the White House. They are not telling the people of God to move forward they are instead praying about it. The hardest part is that they are want us to take their word for it that God has not told them to say or do anything about Gay Marriage, Abortion, government spying, IRS targeting of Christians and Conservatives, or anything else for that matter.
They reject Detrick Bonhoeffer’s words who said, “Silence in the face of evil is in itself evil.” They believe that silence in the face of evil is acceptable if such silence is augmented by prayer. It is like saying, “God you do it” or worse, “have someone else do it.”
An acquaintance of mine cited the example of praying Hyde the great missionary in India as proof that all we have to do is pray. However, praying Hyde said in his own words “I prayed all night and worked all day.” Another mentioned Rees Howells praying down Hitler from a closet in England. I am sure that Mr. Howells realizes that his prayers were matched by the heroic efforts we are honoring on this the 69th anniversary of the D Day Invasion. Nehemiah did not act without prayer, and did not pray without acting.
Pastor Cho of Korea had it right when he said, “Pray and Obey.” While I cannot judge the heart of any leader, I can say with conviction that the silence in the pulpit on these matters is not of God. The recent victory in Illinois on Gay Marriage points out a salient point: Pastors prayed and then obeyed. They dropped their differences, risked being tagged as “homophobe haters’ and won an important victory.
Therein lies the most frustrating part of this whole matter. Millions of Christians are waiting to take action, we know that even small attempts to speak out have had results. We are in a very winnable war but the generals need to pray and get the mind of God now!
Some have said “get off of this and just preach the Gospel.” I love the Gospel and preach it every chance I get but I also wish that some loved the Gospel to enough to see the existential threat that Obama represents to our freedom to preach the Gospel. Our silence today may mean a ban on the Gospel tomorrow. Therefore I speak out and I will speak out!
Millions of Christians are waiting for their leaders to show leadership, courage and conviction against the most evil abuse of government in our history. We have proof that prayer works now we have to show we are willing to work after we have prayed.