You want God to spare America? Then do this now.
By Mario Murillo
So you want God to spare America. This is an honorable desire. It is very near to the heart of God. No one wants to see our nation rescued more than God does. So let’s take our first step. Let’s revisit two verses as if they were old friends with something new to say:
Hebrews 11:6 And it is impossible to please God without faith. Anyone who wants to come to him must believe that God exists and that he rewards those who sincerely seek him.
2 Chronicles 7:14 if My people who are called by My name will humble themselves, and pray and seek My face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and heal their land.
Both of these scriptures feature preconditions. They tell us we have to do something first. In the first verse we are instructed to come already believing. We are not here to ask God to show us He is real. We are here to show Him we are real.
In the second verse we are ordered to humble ourselves and repent. We are going to intercede not just for our own sins but for the sins of a nation.
We desperately need a good definition of the word intercession. We have abused many words but none more than this word. Intercession means for you to stand between God and a disaster. In many instances, true intercession means facing the rightful fury that God feels toward a nation.
To say that God is not pleased with America is an understatement of galactic proportions! For pastors to downplay sin and teach people that America is favored in the eyes of God only accelerates our doom.
Furthermore, any assumption that America is somehow entitled to mercy is deeply offensive to the Holy Spirit. Billy Graham said “America is now worse than Sodom and Gomorrah.” We deserve judgment and you dare not approach God unless your realize this.
Yesterday we learned about the 7 deadly sins of the American Church. As an intercessor you need to know them and pray against them.
Denial: The sense that all is well and though we do not know how but it will all turn out okay. This was the prevailing mood among Lutherans in Germany as Hitler was seizing power. This allows Christians to abide the death of marriage, the rise of Islam and the decline of Christianity by looking the other way. They hate it when any preacher criticizes the government because they just want everything to be nice.
Arrogance: They boast of spiritual authority they do not possess. They constantly talk about their “words from the Lord.” They revel in titles and always seek to be recognized.
Entitlement: They feel that gifts and blessings belong to them without training, effort or having to prove their character. Tribulation and suffering are things that happen to other people. They despise messages about sacrifice.
Deception: Never have I seen people so gullible as our present crop of Christians. And they are gullible at a time when being gullible is most costly. All a speaker has to do today is to relate some mystical experience they had and they will get a following. These are the itching ears of 2 Timothy 3. They are Biblically illiterate so they have no way to judge their experiences with the Word of God.
Sensuality: Pastoral drunkenness and immorality are now widespread. If that is the state of the shepherd then what is the condition of the sheep? Perverting grace is a deadly sin! Jude 1:4 For certain men have crept in stealthily [gaining entrance secretly by a side door]. Their doom was predicted long ago, ungodly (impious, profane) persons who pervert the grace (the spiritual blessing and favor) of our God into lawlessness and wantonness and immorality, and disown and deny our sole Master and Lord, Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One). AMP
Rebellion: One of the linchpins of the seeker model is rebellion. There, I said it. Why else would you make church so convenient and superficial? You do it to cater to people with commitment issues. You build a church for people who do not want to be told what to do.
Materialism: Let me be clear. God wants to bless us with good things. Where we are derailed is when we forget why we are blessed. He blesses us with more than enough so that we can give. Many Americans want to a certain lifestyle and they do not want their pastor to mess with that. They will even elevate their pastor to superstar status if he keeps the rightful demands of God off of their back.
Finally: The good news is that a righteous core has the power to move God away from judgment but we are nearly out of time. You have the power to gather others who are grieved over our nation and form a prayer cell. I challenge you today to read the following prayer of Daniel and by inserting the word America in key places in this prayer you have the perfect model:
Daniel 9:16 “O Lord, according to all Your righteousness, I pray, let Your anger and Your fury be turned away from Your city Jerusalem, Your holy mountain; because for our sins, and for the iniquities of our fathers, Jerusalem and Your people are a reproach to all those around us. 17 Now therefore, our God, hear the prayer of Your servant, and his supplications, and for the Lord’s sake cause Your face to shine on Your sanctuary, which is desolate. 18 O my God, incline Your ear and hear; open Your eyes and see our desolations, and the city which is called by Your name; for we do not present our supplications before You because of our righteous deeds, but because of Your great mercies. 19 O Lord, hear! O Lord, forgive! O Lord, listen and act! Do not delay for Your own sake, my God, for Your city and Your people are called by Your name.”
The church in America has been struck by an iceberg. Over one thousand preachers a month are leaving the ministry defeated by the open hostility of our culture and the draining effect of lukewarm believers. We cannot go on this way. There must be an answer.
What if we had a convention designed to confront the threat against the American Church? What if we had a convention that brushed aside all of the frills and distractions and instead focused on receiving power and fresh direction?
The American Church will not be turned around by supermen but by supernatural men. We do not need better equipment, new organizations, novel methods, but vessels that the Holy Ghost can use—vessels who pray with prevailing might. God does not flow through religious machinery but through human beings, he does not anoint plans, but people—people of prayer.
It is our conviction that there is a life available, set apart in prayer that only goes out to serve at the direct command of God. That life can accomplish truly mighty things, things mighty enough to change the course of America.
Do not sit back and watch dark clouds gather. Sweep away the cobwebs, underbrush and weeds of despair and take action! It is high time for you to operate in gifts of power.
This prayer of Peter embodies this convention: Acts 4: 29 Now, Lord, look on their threats, and grant to Your servants that with all boldness they may speak Your word, 30 by stretching out Your hand to heal, and that signs and wonders may be done through the name of Your holy Servant Jesus.” 31 And when they had prayed, the place where they were assembled together was shaken; and they were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and they spoke the word of God with boldness.
As important as the day of Pentecost was to the Book of Acts Church, the outpouring that happened two chapters later was equally crucial. Pentecost proved that God could pour out His Spirit on the Earth. The miracle in Acts 4 proved God could do it again.
Join us in the mountains with the firm conviction that God can and will do it again.
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