Luke 21:36 (KJV)
''Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
The church is not a building and it’s not just a gathering of people but a body of believers. The church is the body of Christ (Ephesians 5:23) and since Christ is the head of the church, we are expected to behave like Christ.
The church of Christ has been under the enemy’s attack from the time of Jesus’ earthly ministry but it’s getting fiercer now and we all seem to be asleep. The men are molesting our kids, the pastors are extorting from the members, the women are provocative with their dressing, husbands beat up their wives and all sorts. We’d rather entrust our finances to an unbeliever than to someone from our congregation for fear of being cheated.
We have gone from bible believers to world believers, we’ve turned to our senses (which always does betray us) to guide us instead of our (reborn) spirit. We emulate the world that we were redeemed to save and it leads and feeds us instead of the word (of God) hence our lives fall apart daily.
The church needs to pray, the church needs your prayers. The time for personal (selfish) prayers are long gone, we need to intercede for the church. We need to pray for a fresh outpouring of the Holy Spirit, a thirst for the word and GRACE to mortify the flesh. The pastor needs your prayers, your neighbour needs your prayers and YOU need prayers.
We need to travail in the place of prayers to prevail in these horrific times. We need to see GRACE as our strength to live right instead of a ticket to live as we please, to thirst for the outpouring of the spirit of Holiness and feed extravagantly on the word of His grace.
Arise believers and PRAY! Refuse to succumb to the temporary pleasures of the world, see the enemy for who he really is and fight him off.
.....Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God: Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.
Ephesians 6:16-18 (KJV)