Fools give full vent to their rage, but the wise bring calm in the end. Proverbs 29:11
Without guidance from God law and order disappear, but God blesses everyone who obeys his Law. Proverbs 29:18
Years ago preachers warned us the consequences of taking prayer out of our schools. Next we outlawed mentioning the name of Jesus Christ in our high school commencement speeches. Athletes are forbidden to thank God for giving them the ability and strength to win. Our children are forbidden to read their Bibles during free time at school.
In nature, there are laws that are always consistent. The law of gravity always works the same. Jump off a bridge = you go down. Fall off a cliff = you go down. An airplane runs out of fuel = you go down. God in His infinite wisdom has set up certain principles [laws] of life to help us live productive and joyful lives. Many people think God has given us His Word to restrict our enjoyment and keep us in line. Nothing could be further from the truth.
Parents tell their children not to play in the street. Why? Is is to keep them from having fun? Of course not! Rules are to keep them safe. For many years I have told people when you break one of God’s principles, there are consequences. In Baltimore, people are rioting in a demand for “justice.” It is amazing that a lawless mob wants our police to obey the law! They loot stores, burn cars, and injure police. They think they are above the law.This crowd has rejected authority for most of their lives. They refuse to obey teachers, police, parents and the law of our land but expect justice.
If you live a lawless life, you reap havoc. “Don’t be misled—you cannot mock the justice of God. You will always harvest what you plant.
As far back as I can remember I have attended church. As a young boy, I have fond memories of Mrs. Mahel’s Sunday School class. She was so skillful in her use of flannel graphs. (Man does that date me!) Revivals, Camp meetings, the Annual Church picnic, and the variety of pastors who served the church were all part of my religious upbringing.
But THE thing that stands out to me was the emphasis on prayer. It was a “custom” in our church that upon entering the sanctuary, you went straight to your pew, knelt down and prayed. As I grew up, I came to understand that this practice was not an empty ritual but rather a sincere effort to prepare our minds and hearts for worship. Every revival was preceded by weeks of prayer. Every night before the revival service, the men gathered in one room and the women gathered in another room for prayer. (I never understood the reason behind this practice.) Every Friday from 12-1 pm was set aside for prayer and fasting.
If you read your Bible on a regular basis, you will find prayer is repeatedly mentioned. Some of the greatest prayers recorded are found in Scripture.The Christian Church was founded by prayer. Acts 1:14 Acts 2:42
But prayer in the church has fallen on bad times. Oh, we have not totally forgotten her but we have relegated prayer to a lesser place in the church.
- Wednesday evening services were entitled “Prayer Meeting” but today, we kind of add prayer on at the end of the service.
- Jesus said ““It is written, “‘My house will be called a house of prayer…” Ask yourself. how much emphasis does my church place on prayer?
Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work. — Oswald Chambers
If aliens from another planter were to visit planet Earth [no I don’t believe in extraterrestrial beings] what conclusions would they have? If they listened to our news broadcasts or watched how humans interact with each other; they would have to say we are an angry, violent planet. In 1951 there was a movie produced called, The Day the earth stood still. The movie was about an alien who belonged to an organization for the mutual protection of all planets and for the complete elimination of aggression.
Here is a quote from the movie (remember this is 1951) “… I came here to give you these facts. It is no concern of ours how you run your own planet, but if you threaten to extend your violence, this Earth of yours will be reduced to a burned-out cinder. Your choice is simple: join us and live in peace, or pursue your present course and face obliteration. We shall be waiting for your answer. The decision rests with you.”
Though this is of course fiction, the fact remains we have the choice to live in peace or we will destroy ourselves. The Bible tells us that there will never be ultimate peace until Jesus Christ returns to earth and sets up His Kingdom.BUT we can have peace within ourselves now because Jesus promised us peace even in the midst of these terrible times. “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” John 14:27