Pray For Dallas: Pray For America

PRAY FOR DALLAS: PRAY FOR AMERICA…” Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, thou that leadest Joseph like a flock; thou that dwellest between the cherubims, shine forth.
2 Before Ephraim and Benjamin and Manasseh stir up thy strength, and come and save us.
3 Turn us again, O God, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.
4 O Lord God of hosts, how long wilt thou be angry against the prayer of thy people?
5 Thou feedest them with the bread of tears; and givest them tears to drink in great measure.
6 Thou makest us a strife unto our neighbours: and our enemies laugh among themselves.
7 Turn us again, O God of hosts, and cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.” Psalm 80:1-7……….
We are praying and weeping for America today.. Our problem is far greater than what happened in Dallas.. My Friends, America has a heart problem. A problem that only God can fix.. Our hearts are filled with anger and strife and the world laughs at us… According to verse 7 , we need to put a smile back on Gods face.. The result will be our salvation.. How do we do that? First of all by repenting of our sin and turning to Jesus Christ.. And secondly by loving one another!! Our country is in serious trouble and has been for quite some time.. Our only hope is Jesus.. There is no other.. Will you be a warrior for God in end times America.. Will you pray, witness and give to get the truth out.. I hope so. If the church doesn’t rise up now I don’t think anyone realizes how bad our world will become.. Be one today that God can use to spark the flame of revival in your city and circle of influence… God bless you.

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About Persecution

Once I began to read and study Scripture through the lens of persecution and suffering (not a natural for many of us in North America), I began to see the biblical narrative in a new light.

  • The Israelites were oppressed people under the tyrannical rule of Egypt, Babylon and Assyria.
  • Jesus’ parents were refugees, forced out due to religious oppression.
  • Jesus was killed for his religious beliefs.
  • Almost all of the twelve disciples were martyred.
  • Jesus taught directly on persecution and told his followers to expect it (Mt. 10:16-42; Luke 14:25-35; John 15:18-16:4).
  • So did Paul (2 Timothy 3:12), John (1 John 3:13).
  • Paul made sure Christians were persecuted, arrested and killed – most notably, Stephen in Acts 7.
  • Then, Paul had a long resume of persecution he suffered because of his faith after becoming a follower of the Way.
  • Paul’s letters to house churches scattered throughout Asia Minor were intended to encourage them in their faith to stay strong in the midst of opposition, oppression, persecution and suffering.
  • Paul, writing letters from prison, asked Christians elsewhere to remember his chains (Col. 4:18)
  • The book of Hebrews records the “faith hall of fame” in chapter 11, several people which died simply because of their trust in God.
  • The author of Hebrews also tells us to expect persecution (Heb 10:32-28) and to remember those who are mistreated, as it was pain our own bodies (Heb 13:3).

As pastors, we have been called to be the cultural cultivators of our local churches, to make sure the church cares most about the things Jesus cares most about. The best way to do that is by telling stories. Consider telling those stories in various ways.

•Preach about global persecution of our brothers and sisters. Talk about them as illustrations in your sermon. When you preach on the early church in the book of Acts or Paul, give additional examples of persecution happening today. Stop and pray right in the middle of your sermons for those around the world who are suffering.

(Leadership Journal)