A Call To Prayer
People around the world sit in their homes waiting for good news. They wonder how long this will last. They wonder what they touched, who breathed on them, what dangers lurk that science has not yet discovered. In history when countries and continents were ravaged by disease all people had was prayer. There were no answers. Science was not that advanced. God was all they had. When prayer was answered people recognize that there was something more than them. But now we have medical science. Now all we have to do is sit and wait, hunkered down in our homes until this passes. Someone will come up with a vaccine. Someone will discover the treatment. All we have to do is wait.
Why do we just wait?
Is it because our theology seems to lack any connection to a powerful God. Is it because we’ve developed doctrines that make us comfortable because we think we better understand God, how He works, it limits the power of prayer and reduces the role the Holy Spirit plays. I will never claim to fully understand how God works. We do not have control, we cannot force His hand but at the same time is just waiting, just trusting science, the answer?
We are missing our opportunity.
The opportunity seems simple. All we have to do is follow Jesus’ teachings to feed the hungry, to love our neighbour, to show compassion, that’s it, isn’t it? Our watered down doctrines, our powerless theologies are comprised mostly of humanitarian actions while void of any supernatural acts. We think we demonstrate Christ by just doing what anyone can do. You don’t have to be a Christian to do good deeds. You don’t need to believe in any god to feed the hungry or to show love and compassion. While these are things those who follow Christ and as collectives of Christ followers must do, are they the only opportunity we have to respond to this crisis?
Let me tell you what I am not.
I am not a cessationist. I am not a Calvinist. I am not a name it and claim it charismatic. I am not a follower of Armenian theology. Actually there are a lot more things I am not, so let me tell you what I am. I am disgusted that I have let myself miss the opportunity to pray for the supernatural intervention of God in the spread of the virus we face. I am disgusted in myself for not telling others that the powerful God I follow can put an end to this threat. Most of all I am disgusted in myself for having the fear that somehow God will not answer my prayer.
We call our countries Christian.
We lament their loss of Christian values. We continually pray that our countries will turn to God. We condemn those who do not share our beliefs. We criticize those who speak against our values. Why would a country turn to a God whose followers are unwilling to turn to Him in times of crisis? Why would people believe in a God who sent His Spirit to clothe believers with power, who commanded them to pray in the name of His son to bring about change, who told them that He would never leave them nor forsake them if the believer’s response in no way suggests any of this is true?
History reveals that revival begins with prayer.
I believe that this virus that affects the whole world can be used by God to change the whole world. I believe God is calling all followers of Christ to leave behind their watered down doctrines and powerless theologies and begin to believe that our God can end this threat. Sadly, in North America at least, I do not believe that the vast majority of followers of Christ are comfortable with this idea. It is easier to say that the Holy Spirit no longer works in mighty ways. It is easier to overlook the power of prayer. It is easier to say that God has predestined all of this to happen and we are incapable of playing a role.
I am not saying that God is not sovereign. I am not saying that God does not have a plan, a way to move forward. My theology and doctrine is conflicted. I do not understand how God can remain in control and yet the Holy Spirit inspired words of the Bible command us to pray leading to Him taking action. I don’t need to understand. It is our desire to fully comprehend God that has led us to these weak theologies and doctrines. It is time to stop trying to understand God and start obeying Him.
Revival could be on the horizon if we pray for God’s intervention.
If God’s people continue to act only on what we understand, respond only to our feeble attempts to explain God then we will end up with a weak prayer life lacking the belief that it has any effect on God’s actions. I believe that many around the world will not consider following Christ if they do not see his power displayed.
If God’s people set aside our attempts to understand the creator and drop to our knees humbly asking for Him to move in a mighty way, His name will be praised, His power recognized, His very character revealed, I believe that many around the world will be forced to consider following Christ.
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. 2 Chronicles 7:14 (NIV)
We Are His People!
Please share – it isn’t that God will act if enough people pray but rather if enough people pray and tell their friends and family, the world will be introduced to our powerful God – revival will begin