“Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: (And that we may be delivered from unreasonable and wicked men: for all men have not faith.”II Thessalonians 3:1-2
In 2021, I sometimes feel like an alien in a world I don’t recognize. I am not sure when it happened, but I do know things have changed drastically since I was a kid. It could be that I did not notice before, but it seems the thinking of those around the world and in our country is backwards and absurd. Right has become wrong and wrong has become right. We live in a society that desperately needs revival, a society that desperately needs the Lord.
We have seen some churches restricted in regards to how many can be seated in a building and other churches not be able to meet at all. The freedoms we thought we once had have been taken away and it seems we may have to get out of our comfort zone and take a real stand in our Christian lives. We can no longer hope to blend in, but we must take a stand, and in doing so, stand out.
Our pastor recently preached a message on this passage. He talked about how we as Christians are concerned with the things going on in our country and society, but we don’t care enough to pray for our country and society. We look at the evil that is splashed across the news and social media, and we shake our heads in disbelief and anger. We complain incessantly about what’s happening, but do we pray to our Father who commands us to pray without ceasing?
As I listened to the message, God spoke to my heart about my lack of praying. I enjoy listening to some of my favorite political podcasters, but I do not take the time to pray for our country. I erroneously expect unbelievers to act like Christians, but it is time for Christians to act like Christians. It is time for us to pray like we mean it, and pray as we have been commanded. Our world will not get better by our complaining, but it will change if we get on our knees. James 5:16 states, “Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual (effective) fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.”
We live in a time in which we need the word of the Lord to have free course. We need to pray that God’s word would be glorified. There is no hope other than Jesus Christ. There is no stimulus that will change our sinful condition. We live in a wicked and perverse world that is in need of a Savior. Not every one who calls themselves a “Christian” is a Christian, as the verse says, “For all men have not faith.”
Do you pray for the word of the Lord to have free course? Do you pray for your pastor who gives the Word? May we not waste time complaining about how bad things are, but may we pray for our leaders, our nation, and those who preach the Word. II Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” May we pray like we care, and may we seek our God in these wicked times.