National Prayer Day & Deception
What is it that make people think that by engaging in or creating a certain function and saying "we are doing it for God", will make them heros with God.The fact about the matter is that what they are doing has no merit nor is biblical. Yet, There are people in Churches that "get off" creating unrealistic functions. One is called "The National Prayer day.
The National Day of Prayer is an annual day of observance held on the first Thursday of May, designated by the United States Congress, when people are asked "to turn to God in prayer and mediation". Each year, the president signs a proclamation, encouraging all Americans to pray on this day. The modern law formalizing its annual observance was enacted in 1952, although it has historical origins to a mandate by George Wasshintin, the first president of the United States.
Let's digest this a bit. A mandate back to George Washington. What was they praying for? To keep their slaves. To treat'em like dogs. Sound like their prayers was just for their goodwill. It didn't include blacks and certain immigrants.
What about 1952? Was blacks still praying to be poor. To use torn and worn out books in school. To be denied rights? To be threathen and hanged? Who was the KKK praying for? Oh yes! The destruction of the blacks. Better yet, who's prayers was God listening to. Certainly not blacks if such a thing was possible. However, there is NO such thing as a National Prayer Day.
Let me read you a scripture where Churches get their ideals from. You'll see once again that taken things out of scripture is no problem for folks in the Church to twist and misinterpret the word. Lets read I Timothy 2:1:
Exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayer, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty. For this is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior; who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth.
When one read this, one will think that, yes, this scripture mean to pray for Presidents, Senators, and the like. Well it does in a way but not in the way you think. You see, our prayers and intercessions, supplications and giving of thanks are for us, the saints. It's for us to reach out to sinners in order to get them saved. This include saved Kings, Presidents and Emperors etc. However, it is not for praying for those in authority to past some law or resolution that include some and exclude others, or a prayer that would, if it was possible, cause the public to respond to my candidate.
Praying for all men does not mean praying for them to keep doing wrong. We know we can't pray for a murderer to stop murdering or a rapist to stop rapping. We know we cannot pray for Russia, China, North Korea, Iran, Pakistan and others to become blood brothers with the western world. Nor can we pray for one party over another. This would be confusion even from God's point of view. He would be picking sides. If he did he would not be an honest God. For he would have to hate one over the other.
The last part of that verse say "who will have all men to be saved, and to come unto the knowledge of the truth". This is God's DESIRE that all men be saved. You know every one can't be saved. This will never happen until Christ is crown "King of Kings and Lord of Lords" over the entire earth. But it is God's desire.
"For those that are in authority." This is the phrase that is stupefying the Church. "Authority"! You don't pray for some one who's interest is against your better judgement or who are there to cause harm to those who didn't put them in authority. This is like saying slaves should pray for their slave masters to continue rapping and killing them in the name of the Lord just because they were in authority. We don't pray for extremists to be blessed to make more bombs to kill innocent people. We pray that they may hear the word and conform to it.
We pray for known saints. These are people who are really standing for the Lord in every way as best as they can. If there was such in authority then we as saints would be in agreement with them. There would be peace.
We pray for others. That is, we have a "DESIRE" that sinners, whether in our family or any where else in the world, would come to know and love the Lord.
WHAT IS PRAYER?
The word and use of the term "Prayer" is overly misused. I can't pray for you to be saved. You have to want to be saved. However, I have a desire for you to be saved through my efforts to reach out and compel you.
I cannot pray for the sick to be healed. I pray or DESIRE that you be healed. That a way be made from the people and things available to you to seek medical attention for you. I pray (desire) that peace be upon you. This is based on your KNOWLEDGE of the Lord that will bring you comfort and UNDERSTANDING .
If one could pray for healings and they work, then there would be no deaths. No sickness at all in the Churches of those attending. No sickness in hospitals or nursing homes. Healing the blind and cripple would be no problem. If we could pray for healings we would never die. There are those who say they can, but will never go by the hospitals and go from floor to floor and heal the sick. They stay within a known group and keep their so-called healing a secret.
NOTE: If there be one out there I sure would like to see them in action in these places I've describe. The Bible say the sick and poor will always be with us. And that's true. Pastors should teach their members what prayer is. If you don't know, I will tell you.
PRAYER IS no more than a desire in keeping a relationship of hope in God, through Christ's promise, alive in our hearts. That relationship is believing that Jesus Christ is the Son of God and we believe in the words delivered to us by Him. By believing we faint not and, through knowledge of God, we the saved, thank him, glorify him and honor him for blessings of health, family, home, friends and etc.. We thank him for every thing that is good that make an impact upon our lives.
Stop pretending like you can heal. Stop pretending like you can pray for another person to change their ways, or come home and so on. It won't work.
ENOUGH OF THAT
In 2002, there was a prayer group with radio messages to pray for Republican President George Bush. Yet, no such presidential prayer was ever held for Bill Clinton, the past president. The same people who started this prayer fiasco for George Bush was the same folks who slam Bill Clinton and said he was beyond prayer. These scriptures clearly state prayer is for all men to come to God and not particular ones you want him to come to.
Next, the scriptures teach us to pray for those in authority so we can freely deliver the gospel with out persecution, just like in Timothy's day. Timothy wanted the people to pray that the ones in office would do the right thing toward them. That is, not to forbid them or us from preaching and teaching the gospel. They prayed that they would not be whip or lock up or killed, but to be allowed to preach God's word freely.
"The National Prayer Day"
The word "national" means every one within the nation take part. It comes from the word, nation, which means a country. National mean the good and the bad live together and participate together. Let me read a scripture before I continue. It's John 15:19. It read, If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
Now right away I see a problem here. I'll break this down for you. First of all, It says "If ye were of the world". What does this mean? It mean that for every one who received the Holy Spirit after confessing their sins and asking forgiveness (Roman 10:9, 10, 13) are a new creature in Christ (11 Cor. 5:17). Only believing serving Christians are new creatures. We are born again with a new spirit of love for God through Christ the Messiah. Only Christians can have this new spirit. Having this new spirit of truth separate us from those who will not and have not accepted Jesus Christ as their personal savior. I'm not talking about just saying I believe in Jesus and thinking you are a Christian, but I'm talking about actually serving God. Being a Christian automatically take you out of the world, so to speak, by not letting you mingle into the world's pagan affairs and activities that bring shame to God. We're in the world physically, but our spirit cause us to think and act heavenly. We're in this world but it's not our home.
The next part read, "the world would love his own". The problem I see here is that the Church is claiming the world but the world is not claiming the Church. The world want nothing to do with the Christian Church, yet the Church forces it self on the world. The Church today want to be such a part of the world that it claim the world's holidays and habits. Thus the Church become so mixed up into the world that there is no different in them. They look and act like the same. They like the same thing. They celebrate the same thing. Thus, they love each other by hanging together, sharing together, bringing joy together all for the same cause.
When any holiday come alone, guess who is the leader in it? The Church! Whether it's Devil-ween, Easter-eve, Santa-mass, Cupid the valentine orgie kid, or Holy Mother of Church day, the Church is the leader of it. Mingling in with the world is so common today that it is a normal thing. Nothing is seen wrong with it. That's the power of Satan. He works slowly but continuously until he convinces the mind that there is nothing wrong with it, because I know the truth. He has many followers. Many are dedicated to the Church building, but not to the word of God.
Next: "But because you are not of this world". See, I have already covered this before. We are different people than those of the world. The Holy Spirit separate us. Involving yourself with the world will take you to hell. " For God so loved the world", yet, he will destroy those in it and create a new heaven and earth. Only the righteous shall see God. "Amen!
Next: "But I have chosen you out of the world". Once again, the Holy Spirit is what separate us from the world. When God said, "I have chosen you", does not mean he goes around picking certain ones to go to heaven before that person get the chance to hear his word for himself. I'm not in to that predestination stuff that so many have taken out of content. Being chosen is no more than accepting the person that is willing to accept him (Jesus). Many people claim God, but God only accept or choose the one who is truly willing to stand for him. You see, this person is the only one out of the many who will stand when the going get tough.
11 Corinthians 6:14 also tell us " Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness".We are not to be yoke together with the world because we have nothing spiritual to celebrate together. Matthew 6:24, it reads, " No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and Mammon". Simply putting it, the Church of today is trying to serve two masters. They want God but want the enjoyment of the world even more. But we are fooling ourselves if we think God is joining in this world enjoyments.
Next it reads. " Therefore the world hateth you". Now you will really see what I'm talking about. The world hate the Church, but look up to it to involve itself into it. For example, government affairs. During elections, the Republican politicians look heavely toward the Christian Republican for votes. We see pastors actually looking and acting like politicians from the pulpits as they work hard to get pamphlets out on certain peoples they want in office. The Democrats, being more careful not to draw attention, is some what layed back in their low key political affairs. Never the less they join the world.
Again you'll see that the world look up to the Church to push every holiday that come along. On these occasions the world come into the Church and join together in seasonal prayers. The Church enjoy the things the world has to offer. It seem to adopt every phase of sinfulness from music to dance to joining different organizations. There is no preaching against it with any real seriousness. No preaching of taking a stand. No real preaching about the character of people. Every one accept every body. The Church is not hated. It has not come to the point where people speak against it with seriousness. It's the leader. What do all this mean? It mean the Church has a problem. It is not doing it's job. What about the peope in these Churches? Yea, what about them!
"Prayer Marches and Prayer breakfast"
You know I really don't have much to say about this issue. Who ever thought it up has got to be off their rocker. These are about the worst schemes I've seen come along in a long time. How intelligent people can become so ignorant all of a sudden is astonishing. What make Churches think by marching up and down a street or highway can turn the world toward God? If you cannot teach the truth to them inside the Church what make you think you can march the truth into them standing along side a street that you quickly pass by in a rapid march? Beside this, many of those marching need saving.
What make you think eating a plate of food will bring about a cleasing of the soul. It's always the rich and well off or some stupid little person playing let's eat a stake for God today. The poor is still hungry. Besides, nothing you can say will impress God. You can't eat your way into heaven. He knows all about you.
Listen People! There is no such thing as a prayer march, prayer dinner or a National Prayer Day. God didn't tell us to march up and down the streets whooping and hollering with banners over head. He said be a witness. He said "Go into the highways and hedges". This does not mean marching and eating. It mean go, take the "word" every where, even into tough areas. DAaaaaa!
Satan is laughing his back side off as the Church fall more and more into false worship. "Show offs" is the norm of the day. I wonder what will be next false thing the next person who sit in their thinking quarters will come up with. Keep your eyes open for this. It will come. Think about it.