Today, I would simply like to ask the entire church to be praying for several situations going on in the world right now. First, we need to be praying for the ongoing crisis in the Middle east and the rise of the ISIS group. Specifically, we need to be praying for God to grant our President, Congress and our military leaders wisdom as they seek to deal with this complicated and very dangerous situation. I am firmly convinced that, while Christians may disagree with many of the Presidents policies, we are commanded in Scripture not to be critical but to instead pray for him. We also need to be praying for the church in the middle east, asking God to strengthen our brothers and sisters in Christ and to use this crisis as an opportunity to spread the gospel and to display Christian love and mercy. Ultimately, the solution in the middle east is not a matter of politics or military might but of evangelism and the spread of the gospel.
Second, I want to urge you to be praying for those in West Africa who are being affected by the outbreak of Ebola. I read the other day that health care experts estimate that perhaps 20,000 will die from this dreaded disease before it is brought under control. While the world mobilizes medical professionals and scientists to try to find a solution to the problem, I want to encourage the church to be praying for the people in the affected countries. Let’s join in prayer asking God to heal and restore the health of those who have already been infected and for Him to stop the further spread of this dreaded disease. We also need to be praying for the medical missionaries who are on the front line, fighting the spread of this disease and at the same time trying to be good witnesses for the gospel of Jesus Christ. We also need to be praying for a revival and spiritual awakening to break out in the areas that have been stricken with this disease.
Third, I want to urge all of you to be praying for the church in America. Specifically, to pray God to move in the church to bring about revival and spiritual awakening. The answers to our nations problems will not be solved by the person sitting in the White House or the members of congress but by the church returning to our roots, reclaiming our message and reigniting our passion for our first love. If these things happen, revival will not be far behind but first we will have to get on our knees and do some hard business with God. Before God will send revival, God’s people will have to put 2 Chronicles 7:14 into practice. So my prayer for the church begins by asking God to speak to us and reveal our shortcomings so that we can turn to Him in repentance and faith.