...And We Still Don't Pray

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Editor, Wisconsin Christian News:

February 2024


   As WW II approached mid-summer of 1945, it had already claimed between 21- 25 million lives all together, including that of over 400,000 U.S. soldiers. By this same time — mid-summer of 1945 — we had already developed, tested, and had available to us our “greatest weapon” — the atomic bomb!  However, its use would bring about unimaginable death and destruction, the likes we had never seen before. But after much discussion  it was surmised that failure to use our “greatest weapon” would bring about even greater loss of life to American soldiers, our allies and the Japanese.

   So on the mornings of August 6, 1945 and August 9, 1945 atomic bombs were dropped on the cities of Hiroshima and Nagasaki — killing tens of thousands. Five days later, on August 14, 1945, the Japanese government officially surrendered. The use of those atomic bombs, our “greatest weapons,” brought about a swift and decisive end to WWII.

   As Christians in this spiritual war we are fighting, we fail to use our “greatest weapon,” our most pwerful weapon — prayer. 

   There were several things missing in my former church, which I used to love. Missing was: TRUTH, CONDEMNATION OF SIN, PASSION FOR THE LORD, and  THE HOLY SPIRIT.

   But another missing element of this church was “prayer.” Our services were 99.9% production and presentation and 0.01% or less, prayer. The only time I recall any of us being instructed to pray was to pray that we fill the seats of the new auditorium we had just built. So it was a prayer for growth. Now that I think about it, I find it revolting, since it involved growing their own personal empire. As a matter of fact, when my wife and I lead Bible studies, we discovered Christians that attended our church and Bible studies didn’t know how to pray. As leaders of the “marriage ministry” for some 12 plus years, we discovered that most of the couples attending the class didn’t pray together for their marriages and families. So we had to teach them how to pray — teach them how to stand facing each other, holding hands, looking into each other’s eyes and both praying out loud for each other and their marriages  as well as for protection from the enemy who is out to destroy their marriage. So here these couples, many at the brink of divorce, all failing to use their “greatest weapon” they had available to them. 

   If one thinks about it, this is all quite troubling and is why the Church and our country are in the mess they are today.

   Jesus prayed before all the great crises in His earthly life. He prayed before choosing the 12 disciples; before the Sermon on the Mount; before starting out on an evangelistic tour; before His anointing with the Holy Spirit and His entrance to public ministry; before announcing His approaching death; before the cross. When He fed the 5,000 with the five loaves and two fishes; and He went up into the mountain and spent hours there alone in prayer with God. In Luke 6:12, we get further insight into when to pray:  “Now it came to pass in those days that He went out to the mountain to pray, and continued all night in prayer to God.” Here we see Jesus spending the entire night in prayer.

   Jesus prayed about everything!

   If the Bible, in 1st Thessalonians 5:17 tells us to “Pray without ceasing...” why is there so little prayer in the Church today?

• God’s creation of male and female is being mocked ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• We have broken our covenant with God ... placing ourselves in mortal danger and yet we still don’t pray.

• We are defunding the police and lawlessness rules the streets ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Politicians have sold out our country ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Pastors have sold out the Church ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Entire generations are being lost to the enemy ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• We are losing this spiritual battle we are in ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Our justice system in America has collapsed ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• We have lost our moral compass in this country ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Election integrity is compromised ... possibly forever ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Drag Queen Story Hour is being hosted in our public libraries aimed at indoctrinating our children into the LGBT ideology ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Our government is systematically removing God from our country ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Filth, deviancy and blasphemy fill the airwaves ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Evil has infiltrated the Church ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Pastors have conformed to the way of the world ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Our country stands at a precipice ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• Our government is corrupt from the top on down ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• The Church is absorbing more darkness from the world than it is giving off light ... and yet we still don’t pray.

• School administrators and teachers are doing their best to twist the minds of six year olds in an attempt to indoctrinate them into the transgender ideology ... and yet we still don’t pray.

   Now if any of you doubt any of the bullet points above, ask yourselves, When was the last time your pastor lead your congregation in fervent, intercessory prayer for “any of the above” bullet points? As for ourselves, a simple “Please God save this country” ain't gonna cut it. We need to fall on our knees and bury our faces in the ground in repentance and ask God for His Divine forgiveness and for Him to once again put His blessing Hand back on this country.  Only a spiritual revival and return to God will save this country.

-Michael Rorabeck
 

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