DAY 3 - HOLY PRAYING
This is the third (and most crucial) prayer focus we have engaged in for this calendar year. From January 1-31, 2012, we prayed the Names of God, as a ministry to start the year. In mid June, until Independence Day, we joined in with the US Conference of Catholic Bishops, as their Protestant Evangelical brothers, to pray for Religious Liberty. Now we are asking the question in prayer - "Can Prayer Save America"? The answer could be - maybe.
A country can be redeemed, only if its people and leaders together, pursue righteousness. It has always been so, from Bible days, until now, where we have a president of Uganda leading a Christian country there, for the first time in recent memory. For such a time as this, we know that the Body of Christ, in one accord, can change the atmosphere by crying out to Holy God. The fruit of these prayers will not be immediately known. But this should not be our focus. Our calling is to pray regardless and to do so in Holiness.
E.M. Bounds called Holy Praying, the kind of praying which is actually lifted up as a sweet aroma unto the Lord (to paraphrase him). Bounds said that only men and women who are totally surrendered and devoted to Christ and who are without sin, can bring the power and energy behind our prayers up to the Throne.
As we look at this verse, and think about Holy Praying, let us examine our own souls to see if we are in this realm of righteousness, which is required. Also let us inquire of the Lord how to proceed in prayer with fear and trembling, yet boldy approaching the Throne of Grace....for such a time as this! Amen.
Revelation 8:4 "3Then another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, along with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. 4And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, rose up before God from the hand of the angel. 5Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it to the earth; and there were rolls of thunder, and rumblings, and flashes of lightning, and an earthquake.
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