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Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Don't Quit Praying Yet

Dear beloved: I have had a couple of people ask me over the coarse of the last year, do you think we should quit praying for America?, as God told Jeremiah to quit praying for the people of Judah. Jeremiah 14:10 Thus says the Lord to this people, "Even so they have loved to wander; they have not kept their feet in check. Therefore the Lord does not accept them; now He will remember their iniquity and call their sins to account." v11 So the Lord said to me, "Do not pray for the welfare of this people. v12 When they fast, I am not going to listen to their cry, and when they offer burnt offering and grain offering, I am not going to accept them. Rather, I am going to make an end of them by the sword, famine and pestilence."

As we look at the daily headlines, and the things happening in our country and being promoted by certain people in our government and court systems, we are often tempted to say, What's the use?, and just give up. And we rationalize that we know the prophetic destiny of America is to turn her back on Israel and line up with all the ungodly nations of the world, so again why not just give up and let the slide go even faster. Beloved, we are called to stand against evil and the schemes of the devil no matter where he rears his ugly head or how far down the road to apostasy this nation goes. So keep praying, for God's sake, for your sake, and for the sake of your children and your children's children. Contend for your nation, your family, your church. Yes, prophecies declared over this nation will eventually come to pass, but can we persevere and intercede so that we can say in our generation, we held fast in the face of calamity and evil.

Can you imagine our loving and compassionate God of the universe, saying at some point about America, I won't receive any more prayers for their welfare or offerings on their behalf. I do not want to hear the Lord say those words while on my watch. I would much rather the outcome be as it was in Nineveh, when Jonah went to that city and preached the message of repentance to them, to turn from their wicked ways. Jonah 3:5 Then the people of Nineveh believed in God; and they called a fast and put on sackcloth from the greatest to the least of them. v10 When God saw their deeds, that they turned from their wicked way, then God relented concerning the calamity which He had declared He would bring upon them. And He did not do it. Beloved, do not give up, stay on your knees! God bless you, in Christ, Jim

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