Prayer by Pastor Joe Wright
“Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says: ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done.
We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and inverted our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute truth of Your Word and called it moral pluralism.
We have worshipped other gods and called it multi-culturalism.
We have endorsed perversion and called it an alternative lifestyle.
We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery.
We have neglected the needy and called it self-preservation.
We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.
We have killed our unborn and called it choice.
We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable.
We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building esteem.
We have abused power and called it political savvy.
We have coveted our neighbors’ possessions and called it ambition.
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression.
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our fore-fathers and called it enlightenment.
Search us, Oh GOD, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and set us free.
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 I will forgive their sin and will heal their land”
“Are You HIS People?”
1 Peter 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvelous light;
America is spiraling to HELL at a faster pace everyday! How much more will our Father in Heaven put up with? We need to remember “Sodom & Gomorrah” and recognize the path the people have chosen is leading us as a nation to destruction! Everyday that HE holds back His wrath gives us one more day to turn it around. As believers, we need to pray for forgiveness for our nation and beg Him to heal our land! But to be totally honest, in my heart of hearts I’m afraid it may be too late for America. I search the Scriptures and I find nothing that tells me that America even exists when Jesus – Yeshua comes back!
Thankfully, if we are blessed to wake up in the morning, it’s not too late for us to share the Gospel of Jesus the Messiah – Yeshua Ha Mashiach with one more person! The end is coming soon, so time is short, however, we’re told that when the “Fullness of the Gentiles” has happened, then Jesus will return to take us HOME with HIM! The more people we share the Gospel with… a neighbor, a stranger, a friend or family member, the sooner we will no longer be encumbered by this state of dual citizenship that we have to endure, but we will be citizens of the Kingdom and share in His Power and Glory.
HIS WAY…Not Our Way!
Isaiah 55:8-9 For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. 9 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.
Jeremiah 29:11-12 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the Lord, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end. 12 Then shall ye call upon me, and ye shall go and pray unto me, and I will hearken unto you.
To KNOW the LORD, we must read HIS WORD
How much time do you spend getting to know our Father in Heaven and the plans that he has for you? Be honest and ask yourself “how much time do I actually waste” in a day? How much time do you spend surfing the internet or browsing social media? How much time do you spend thinking about things that are not pure, or that you know for certain would offend a HOLY GOD? How much time do you spend in Prayer? How much time do you spend as an ambassador of/to Christ or to put it bluntly…when was the last time that you spoke to someone with the hopes and prayers of winning them to Christ? How many times have you… whether accidental or on purpose put yourself above others – whether it be in the way you dress, the car you drive or any other aspect of your life that makes you feel that you have it all together? Have you been a good steward of the gifts that God has given you? How many times have you exaggerated a situation to make it either look good or possibly worse than it actually was? Just how many so called harmless little white lies have you told within the last 24 hours? Are you a slave to the world or as Paul, are you a slave to our Lord? I could ask you to ask yourself many more questions, but what I’m getting at here is to show you how our thoughts and our ways are soooooo very different than those of our LORD and SAVIOR!
Do you embrace the greatest commandments given to us by JESUS – YESHUA?
Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.38 This is the first and great commandment.39 And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.40 On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Mark 12:30-31 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind, and with all thy strength: this is the first commandment. 31 And the second is like, namely this, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. There is none other commandment greater than these.
Deuteronomy 6:5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.
As you can see, God is the same yesterday, today and forever. Although we live in different times than when these Scriptures were first written down, they’re alive and well in our age too! The verses spoken by Jesus – Yeshua in Matthew and Mark, were the same ones he spoke in the “Old Testament” Book of Deuteronomy several thousand years before he actually set foot on the Earth as a human, but he was also DEVINE. The point is that He does not change! Therefore if we study HIS WORD, we KNOW HIM! We need to have a wake up call listen when Jesus tell us that the Path to Destruction is Wide and the Path to Salvation is Narrow.
God means what He says and says what He means! My hermeneutics are “literal”, however, that being said…study the scriptures yourself and make up your own mind! Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit…