I can barely remember the last time i updated this blog. Guess the sudden urge came up to say something with so many happenings in our nation that it just drives the melancholy in me to ponder and think what in the world God is doing.
i guess oftentimes it is the question that runs through our head. Like the Psalmist, we cry,
Psalms 44:23-26 (Message)
Get up, God! Are you going to sleep all day?
Wake up! Don’t you care what happens to us?
Why do you bury your face in the pillow?
Why pretend things are just fine with us?
And here we are––flat on our faces in the dirt,
held down with a boot on our necks.
Get up and come to our rescue.
If you love us so much, Help us!
Sometimes, it does seem our prayers hit a glass ceiling and it makes you wonder what God has up His sleeve.
One of my many hobbies is gardening. Some complain I have too many hobbies but it is what satisfies me. Anyway, one of the things I realize is that the condition of the plant above the surface many a time is caused by the condition of the root. Which brings to the very question, is the condition we are in a sign of a deeper problem of the root? I always remember this portion of the verse in Jonah when he was running away from the commandment of the Lord by sea, and the Lord created a storm to destroy the ship he was in,
Jonah 1:6 (Voice)
When the captain heard, he went down and woke Jonah up.
Captain:How can you sleep so deeply? Get up, and call out to your deity! Maybe your deity will see what is happening and save us from this catastrophe.
Interestingly enough, they soon found that the issue was with the sleeping prophet. He had a spiritual problem. He was running away from the assignment that the Lord gave to Him. Are we also guilty of the same? The church of Malaysia, the body of Christ, the temple of God.
2 Chronicles 7:12-15 (Message)
God appeared to Solomon that very night and said, “I accept your prayer; yes, I have chosen this place as a temple for sacrifice, a house of worship. If I ever shut off the supply of rain from the skies or order the locusts to eat the crops or send a plague on my people, and my people, my God–defined people, respond by humbling themselves, praying, seeking my presence, and turning their backs on their wicked lives, I’ll be there ready for you:I’ll listen from heaven, forgive their sins, and restore their land to health. From now on I’m alert day and night to the prayers offered at this place.
God never said that the land will be healed when those who are not called by His name turns around and pray. He put that responsibility on those who bear His name. He called those who bear His name, the Christ-ians, followers of the way of Christ, to make a turnaround, to set their lives right, to seek His face, to knock on the doors of heaven and He promised He will forgive us and restore our land. That he would be alert, attentive to His house. Has the light of the incense of prayer in the house of God grown dim or maybe even, diminished? Have those who are called to be His priests ceased from their duties and neglected to continually offer up the prayers for this land, for our land, our people?
Then, it is time to repent of our negligence of His house. It is turn to turn around and seek His face once again. Let us not be of those of whom it it is said that the Word of the Lord is rare, of those who said we have neglected our watch at this time and season.
Well, at the time of this post, the writer is aware of his own shortcomings and begs for forgiveness of his negelect, neglect of the incense of prayer for our nation. It is so easy to cry out for our own needs but not as easy to cry out for the needs of another, of those who share this land, share this time and season.
Let us not wait till the time runs out. Start knocking on the doors of heaven.
Matthew 7:7-11 (Voice)
Just ask and it will be given to you; seek after it and you will find. Continue to knock and the door will be opened for you. All who ask receive. Those who seek, find what they seek. And he who knocks, will have the door opened.
Think of it this way:if your son asked you for bread, would you give him a stone? Of course not—you would give him a loaf of bread. If your son asked for a fish, would you give him a snake? No, to be sure, you would give him a fish—the best fish you could find. So if you, who are sinful, know how to give your children good gifts, how much more so does your Father in heaven, who is perfect, know how to give great gifts to His children!