Pray continually. 1 Thessalonians 5:17
There have been many predictions made in my lifetime about Christ’s return to earth. Usually they come and go, and we think little of them. But God has promised that one day He will return.
Yet, we know that Scripture tells us that “no one will know the day or hour – not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son of God, but only the Father Himself.” We also know that He will be patient because He desires that all will come to Him. How like our loving God to give us a little reminder every now and then that our hearts need to be ready.
Another one of those loving reminders has come. We have been given “A Call to Prayer”. The Evangelist Anne Graham Lotz is making it an “urgent call”. A call for all Christians to pray for those we love, for those in our community, in our nation, and in our world. In an article published on June 30, 2014, in Christian Today, Lotz wrote that “the Lord had revealed to her that the end is near, and that she should begin a national initiative to bring people closer to Christ.”
In her words: “The time is near”. She, like so many, obviously has a deep concern for our lost and broken world, and whether it is within weeks, months, or many years, she has no way of knowing and neither do we. But we know from events around us and in our world that evil is rampart, times are changing, and God’s promises are true. The time will come. Just as the birth of Jesus Christ was foretold in Scripture, and it came to be, so will His return. She feels the time for prayer is now.
Lotz also wrote: “One of the things He has impressed on me is that we are living at the end of human history as we know it. In obedience, I am blowing the trumpet…sounding the alarm…issuing a national prayer initiative entitled ‘777: An Urgent Call to Prayer’. This is all about calling God’s people together to pray, before it’s too late, and judgement falls on our nation.”
The Call is for God’s people to pray for each of the first seven days in the seventh month — July 1st – 7th. Lotz will post prayers for each of the seven days on her website to unite all Christians in one purpose. (www.annegrahamlotz.com)
May we follow her call and “pray continually” that the hearts of those who don’t know Him will be opened and that all those who profess faith in our Savior and Lord will be ready to receive Him. May we seek Him with all our hearts as we unite to pray for our nation. For He has promised: “If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7: 14. With Him, all things are possible.
*You can read the full article here: http://www.christiantoday.com/article/billy.grahams.daughter.says.the.end.is.near.calls.for.a.week.of.prayer/38524.htm
Our most kind and gracious Father, we know that our lives and our world are in your hands. May we be devoted to you in prayer and faithfulness as we lift up the hearts of our nation to you with the hope that lives will be transformed through the most holy name of your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen