Unless the Lord builds the house, They labor in vain who build it; Unless the Lord guards the city, The watchman stays awake in vain. Psalm 127:1
Dr. Quinton J. Everest (1907-2005) was a founder of Indiana’s Bethel College, launched in 1947. He pastored the Gospel Center Missionary Church, South Bend, for 22 years and hosted “Your Worship Hour,” syndicated and heard worldwide on 125 radio stations. He also broadcast “Sunrise Meditations” for 22 years. Dozens of his books and sermons on holiness and prophecy can be found on the Internet. This is from his Praying Men and Women Can Turn the Tide.
The God who made America a land of freedom, strength and plenty – the only and true God – is today opposed, neglected, ignored and abused by many. If it were possible, they would annihilate Him altogether. By treating Him thus, our nation’s confusion is increased; hate is intensified; evil is increasingly glorified; problems are multiplied; purity and Biblical idealism are derided, and honesty and justice are discarded.
Four hundred years ago, our forefathers came to these shores to worship God in spirit and in truth. Their rugged faith amid hardship, danger, and toil brought them calmness of soul, peace of mind, and hope for the future. Their faith, joined with those who later trusted God, have made America a great land.
What made America strong, free and one of the most blessed places on the face of the earth to live, was and is, praying men and women. Unless another generation of praying people comes on the scene right soon, we are headed for the ash heap. Many nations have fallen because of immorality and pleasure-seeking. Many have been defeated and destroyed because God was forgotten, ignored, and disobeyed.
America is no exception! We need and must have God, if our problems are to be solved. We need a humbling and crying out to Him. From the least to the greatest, we need to repent! We need Samuels, Daniels, and Pauls who will fast and pray until God breaks through, until sin is uncovered and uprooted, until lives are converted, purified, and empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Samuel came on the scene in this desperate, checkered hour of Israel’s history. Worship had degenerated. The nation was given over to sin of the worst kind, poisoned with idolatry. In the high places, immorality had become a rotting stench… There were forms of religion, but their worship had become formal and dead. The whole nation was lying and wallowing in the slime and filth from a long period of backsliding.
Israel’s Philistine enemies had prevailed in battle. The ark of God’s presence was captured and the whole land was under a galling yoke. The glory was gone… true faith in Jehovah was dying.
Was there any solution? Amid Israel’s pitiful plight there was! (1 Sam. 7:5-6). Samuel was a man of devotion and mighty prayer. He faithfully taught the people that they must return to God and called a nation-wide [solemn assembly]. He told the people to gather at Mizpeh and he would pray for them.
It was a time of fasting and prayer – a nation on its knees – due to one man’s earnest prayers (see Jas 5:16). Israel looked to this praying man. The Philistines feared their subjects were planning an offensive and attacked Israel with great power. Terror stricken, despairing, and near ready to surrender, the people begged Samuel, “Cease not to cry unto the Lord our God for us that He will save us out of the hand of the Philistines” (1 Sam. 7:8). Samuel prayed unto the Lord and he was heard (v. 9); his prayers were mightier than the Philistine armies. Israel prevailed; the people returned God and God was glorified!
But it was not the prayer Samuel offered, alone, but all of his prayer and godly living beforehand that brought results. Such prayers are not forgotten by God, but stored up in golden vials full of odors (Rev 5:8).
Are You Ready to Pray for America? We can howl about the corrupt political situation in our nation. We can rant on about the immorality. But the way into the inner sanctuary, for answers to our prayers, is holy living and constant communion. If you care for America and her future, you had better get on praying ground and do some real praying. God is searching for men and women who will give themselves to fasting and prayer, real brokenness and humiliation of heart before God! If we who profess to know God would do so with heart searchings, and agonizing supplications, we would soon see results. God is waiting… Then He will move upon the scene (Everest, Herald of His Coming, edited for length).
San Bernardino, Washington and the U.S. Military – On December 3rd, 14 innocent Americans were murdered and 21 wounded at a San Bernardino, California Christmas party. By evening, the FBI characteristically refused to publicly rule the shooting terrorism, though available evidence glaringly declared that to be the case. President Obama called for increased gun control. That evening, the president’s new Attorney General, Loretta Lynch, spoke to supporters at a dinner sponsored by the “Muslim Advocates,” a Washington pro-Muslim lobbyist group. Addressing the mostly Muslim crowd, Lynch recounted her long time relationship with the organization, accentuated her department’s “partnership,” and promised to use the power of her office to quell anti-Muslim backlash and to “take action” against anti-Islam hate speech. She urged hearers, should their children be bullied in school, to contact the Feds directly – either the DOJ or the Department of Education. President Obama waited until December 6th to admit that the murders were acts of terrorism, reiterating that the U.S. “is at war with terrorism” but “not Islam.” He said he would implement new gun control measures as part of his strategy to defeat terrorism. As in every Islamist attack since he was elected, he pleaded with Americans not to turn against Islam – again urging Americans to overlook Islamic ideology and its incompatibility with U.S. Constitutional law.
Meanwhile Thursday, as Americans were purchasing handguns and applying for concealed-carry permits in record numbers, Defense Secretary Ash Carter ordered the U.S. military to open all combat jobs to women, rejecting the Marine Corps request women be excluded from certain front-line combat jobs. Experts say this change will be deleterious to good order and discipline, reduce military effectiveness, and cost American lives – weakening our national security even as we face greater threats. The Pentagon says the move puts into question the Supreme Court’s ruling allowing women to be excluded from the draft (see Lynch Video; Obama Speech; Former FBI Feedback, Carter Order; Female Draft?; Decision Will Cost Readiness, Lives; Hear Tony, Rick Santorum, Read Perkins on Terrorism; Gender Warfare in the Trenches).
- Please pray that believers across America, especially those who comprise growing prayer movement will “stand in the gap” for America’s national security, knowing that “Unless the Lord watches the city, the watchmen stays awake in vain.” May local churches and the growing parachurch movement unite in spirit to build a National Security Prayer Wall – spiritual ramparts that will keep God’s protection over our nation, even as our current national policies combine to weaken our military defenses. In 2016, May a new president, Congress, governors and state legislators be elected who, like the sons of Issachar, “understand the times and know what [America] ought to do.” Pray that America’s pastors, like Jonas Clark, will equip their people to pray and prepare for the threats that now face our nation (1 Chr 12:32; Neh 4:13-21; Ps 127:1; Pr 22:3; 28:4; Eze 22:30).
Finally, the U.S. Senate approved the reconciliation package last Thursday that includes repeal major parts of ObamaCare and largely withdraw taxpayer funding for Planned Parenthood (see Not-so-Murray Christmas for Libs). It now goes to the House for approval, then to the president’s desk (see Wise Men Still Seek Repeal!). The IRS is considering a measure to require non-profit organizations (including churches), to obtain and report the social security number of every person who contributes more that $250 to their cause. See Tony Perkins’s thoughts on what to do with the Syrian Refugees, and pray as the Lord leads you (see Do You Fear What I Fear; What about Sharia?)! As always, thank you for praying!