Fireworks on the Fourth of July always get me excited. I'm like a little kid about it! People around me always hear, "Oooh!
Aaah!" I just can't help it. I'm a diehard patriot who still gets thrilled by the concepts of Independence Day.
God Himself excites me more than anyone or anything else. And I believe that my fellow Christians and I need more "fire
to do the works" of God. We need simple prayer. Pure prayer.
Prayer with a purpose to know
and praise God Himself. I feel inspired when I read passages like Hosea 6:3 (NLT): "Oh, that we might know
the Lord! Let us press on to know him. He will respond to us as surely
as the arrival of dawn or the coming of rains in early spring."
When we feel depressed, we
must choose faith and "press on" to know him. He will respond. We need only to pray -even if all we can muster are
extra short prayers.
Recently, I prayed hard from my heart. In a moment of high stress, I simply prayed,
"SOS, Jesus!" He helped me as only He could! And later it hit me: That's what Christians in America need to pray.
As we observe Independence Day, America needs to declare independence from sins and say pray, "SOS, Jesus!"
population suffers from being an over programmed and "under-prayed": So much stress and so little happiness... So
many activities yet so many lonely families... So many fears and so little faith. Yes, in America's churches, we see more
flashy ads and less Spirit-led fire.
In addition to simply praying from the heart a prayer like "S.O.S.,
Jesus!", this acronym can also help:
S: Stop sin. We need to stop
the "facades for God" and be ourselves while praying hard from the heart. As Billy Graham once said, "We must
repent of our prayerlessness. We must make prayer our priority. Even our churches today have gotten away from prayer meetings."
O: Open your heart to Jesus as Savior and Lord. (If you haven't
done so, click here to learn more about how to know God personally.) Be willing to do His will. No prayer substitute exists. Nowhere in
the Scripture do we see a Christ follower told to "do more" and pray less. The essence of prayer is to come into
S: Start believing and praising God while having child-like faith.
I believe that the fireworks of faith in America can be revived because of one simple fact: Jesus remains alive. We must erase
sin and chase after Jesus.
Yes, it's as simple as SOS: Stop sin.
Open your heart to Jesus. Start believing and praising Him in private and in public.
Remember that we will "...see the Son of Man coming in clouds with great power and glory" (Mark 13:26). (Hallelujah!)
conclusion, the next time you notice our country's symbolic bald eagle, be reminded that "...they who wait for the Lord
shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and
not faint" (Isaiah 40:31, ESV)
Yes, let us "wait for the Lord" and "press on
to know Him" while depending on Him for the fire to do His works in America and beyond!
Do you know
Jesus personally? Learn more on the "Know God" page at PrayingPals.org. And join our prayer group at www.PrayingPals.org for weekly devotionals by Stacie Ruth.