Fervent Fear or Fervent Prayer

It is so easy to live tied up in fear, especially in the times we live in. Social media creates fear, being plugged in to every news, radio, and magazine perpetuates this fear. It can begin to consume us, even those secure in their faith of God’s protection.

We hear of missionary’s children being killed because they won’t denounce God. Police officers being slain for doing their jobs. Politicians encouraging racial division. Even some who call themselves men of God, encourage racial division. Babies being killed before they have a chance to be born. Girls being sold into a lifetime of slavery. This world is filled with evil.

Scary right.

Terrifying even.

What are we to do? Where has God gone?

I will not be shaken

 

Friday there was a call for prayer at noon. I cried out to God like never before. I asked WHY? I cried out for salvation of politicians, ISIS, and those who crave evil. I prayed for mercy on this land. I prayed for protection over His people.

Flat on my face, tears pouring down and words trapped in my throat as if the enemy didn’t want them to come out. Especially when I started praying for salvation of ISIS, the President and First Lady. The enemy knows who he needs on his side. He uses social media to paralyze us with fear. On the other side of that he uses social media to distract us from the evil.

If he can keep us complacent, satan’s job is easy. We are doing it for him. When I watched War Room last weekend the part that struck me so strongly was the moment Miss Clara served lukewarm coffee. We as a church have become lukewarm.

We don’t want to offend, ruffle feathers or move focus to an agenda so we stay still and silent. Do you realize that we don’t need to sound crazy. We don’t need to rent out a stage and scream. We don’t need to fill our friends newsfeeds with fear.

We NEED to pray.

We NEED to put action to prayer.

When I say pray, I mean PRAY. Pray fervently. With tears and words pouring out so fast your mind can’t keep up so your spirit takes over. Pray as if your life depends on it; because it does. Pray for what needs changed, but pray for hearts. Hearts are the issue, hearts will change policies. People need love, the love of Jesus. When we begin to pray for salvation of our enemies, there comes change. Our situation seems so hopeless. Our world is filled with evil and people think it is at it’s worst. Maybe it is, but I think the enemy has learned to use the technology we have created to hold us in a pattern of fear. We are the hope of breaking that by praying for what we would consider our worldly enemies.

I’ll be honest, so often I’m so busy praying for me. My situation, my finances, my children, my marriage. My job, my friends, my circle of influence, my friends and family who are sick. My wants, me, me, me.

How about you? I will be so bold to say yes, you are the same. Now we may pray for our federal/state politicians at election time. We pray for an issue when we are confronted over it.

But I think human nature is to focus on our community. God created us for community so I am not saying this is a terrible thing-please hear that!

 

Our prayers do make a difference.

I am saying that our action of prayer is we need to move beyond our immediate circle and we need to create a movement of prayer for our earthly nation.

We need to stop being complacent, lukewarm christians. We need prayer because nothing we do can influence and change the world like our prayers sent to the Heavenly Father.

Won’t you share this with your friends. Won’t you change your prayers for the next month and move them from me focused prayers to enemy focused prayers.

Pray for:

President Obama and Michelle –

That their hearts would be softened and that they would hear the gospel of Jesus. That they would come to know salvation in a personal way. Remember the Lord allowed them to be appointed over our nation.

ISIS –

Pray that they would be stopped in their battles and killings. That they would see love in those they try to kill. That they would come to know the Lord for the first time. That those they hate would be protected.

Senators and Representatives –

That those who know the Lord would stand up and be bold. That they would hear the directions that God has for them. That they would have assurance in God’s ability to re-elect them so they wouldn’t be focused on trading favors in disobedience. I pray for those that know Christ would have the strength to tell others about Him. Pray for opportunities for God’s love to be shared and hearts to softly bend to Him.

Police Officers –

Pray for protection for them as they risk their lives daily to protect us. Pray for strength for their families. Pray for peace over the areas they work. Send heavenly angels to watch over them. Give them ears that only hear your truth about the importance of their lives and not the lies that are spewed.

Racial division –

Pray against those who try to fracture our country. Pray for restored community because each of your children matter. Help all of us remember that. Pray for opportunities to arise that can bring reconnection of divided hearts.

Government function –

Pray for the voices of citizens to be heard. That the government will be restored to work as it was created. That no branch has the only say. That constituents would be listened to by those who have elected them.

Lukewarm neighbors –

This maybe the greatest of these enemies. This might find us praying for our own hearts and not our neighbor. Pray that lives will be ignited for love, peace and all that Christ can do. Pray that Christians can be strengthened.

 

Printable Prayer List

If it is overwhelming to pray these all at once, take one and pray for it one day, then the next day move to the next group. Feel free to print the above list.

I have read recently from “experts” that there is no saving this country. It’s going to hell in a hand basket. Well, it may be, and maybe we will see the return of Christ soon. But I think there is still much good in this world and there are hearts that need saved. I believe from my toes that this country can be changed. It can be changed by our God, because He is truly that great. In order for Him to change it though we can no longer sit complacent in a church pew but fall on our faces in fervent prayer.

 

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Lauren of Making Life Sweet wrote Holding Fast to the Word and reminds just how important clinging to the truths that are written in the Word.

Sarah wrote When There’s Too Much Hurt and Pain in the World sharing with us some practical ways to ministry to those in our life that are hurting.

 

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Comments

  1. Winter, this is so very powerful! I found myself reading and could not stop because you are so right-on-target!!! When I inlinkz this to tweet it, I added “POWERFUL PIECE! because it is. I want to make the bookmark to use.
    You have given me encouragement and added the words, “Get thou behind me, satan!” when it comes to fear. I want the fervent prayer!

    • winterlawson says:

      All I can say is this message was directly from the Lord…this isn’t the post I had written out in my notebook last week! I am so grateful you are joining the fervent prayer movement!

  2. We are so “fearful of our brittle, little world,” and our prayers become small.
    Thank you for this call to open our hearts to the world God loves and sent His Son to rescue!

  3. So true. Sometimes I don’t want to watch the news anymore but then again I know that I also need to be aware.

    Prayers are powerful. May we never forget it’s value especially today.

    • winterlawson says:

      You are right, I think a lot of us feel that way. I hate watching the news but there is a balance of watching to know or obsessing in fear. As long as we stay in the know category we are good!

  4. I love the quote on prayer from Max Lucado. May we be faithful to pray for our country & you have given us a wonderful guide. So many thoughts & emotions on all which is going on.

  5. Winter, Thank you for inspiring me with an action plan. I struggled to sleep last night, and feel the Lord urging me to pray and pray with all I’ve got. I believe we are being called to action with the most powerful weapon at our disposal. Prayer. Thank you and bless you!

    • winterlawson says:

      I think He is awakening that in a lot us! We are in a place to change the world if we use that powerful weapon!

  6. Your message is right on target. I appreciate the list that you have given. We need to be on our knees before the Lord.

  7. Prayer is needed more than ever. Especially with the Presidential candidates. We need a stronger government with moral values and right now, I pray things get better in this area. Right now, it is a joke. An utterly complete joke. Thanks for sharing your heart and for the link up.

  8. What a great reminder. I need to read this. Thank you for sharing.

  9. Winter, This is a wonderful piece. Thank you so much. I am sharing this with my friends and fellow pray-ers.

  10. I am so struck by the love and prayers you utter in this piece. God tells us not to be caught sleeping as we watch for His return. We need to arm ourselves with prayer for this world so that we can win as many as possible to the cause of Christ. Thank you so much for writing this.

  11. PS, please share this on Literacy Musing Mondays. Reflection on great authors is always welcome.

  12. Very bold and convicting message! To be honest, I don’t pray for our nation nearly as much as I should. Thank you for this grace filled post and for pointing out the importance of prayer. Blessed to be your neighbor from #RaRaLinkup.

  13. I have felt these same urges on my heart lately. The need for prayer. Thank you for sharing your post and for urging us to be people of prayer not just for our own circle, but for the world and where the battle is strong. I too don’t want to be a lukewarm Christian! I don’t want to be spit out. I want to be useful and devoted. Thank you!

  14. Sorry for the previous part message. I goofed up. Good Word Winter. Prayer is powerful. We can move mountains with prayer. Prayer changes us too. Instead of railing and complaining, why not pray? Bless you Winter

  15. Love the prayer card and call to prayer, Winter. Neighboring with you at #tellHisstory.

  16. Powerful and bold word, Winter. It is time.

  17. Amen, amen, amen, Winter. Magnificent prayers. Thank you. Hugs Susan

  18. So often the world’s problems seem overwhelming. Thank you for the reminder we can be bold with small prayers because we pray to a big God.

  19. Hi Winter! Stopping by from #ThreeWordWednesday — I think we do need more focused prayer. I think we need to pray for the Church too, that it would be strengthened and unified and that it would be as Christ to the World…so often it is not, because it is made up of imperfect people. But I would pray that the glory of the Lord would shine from His Church like never before!

  20. Oh how much I love this! I too was inspired by the War Room to pray like I’ve never prayed before. It’s so easy to look around at the world in all of its turmoil and wonder if there’s any hope. Things change when hearts change, and the only one capable of changing hearts is God.

    Thank you for the inspiring words!

    In Christ,
    Alyssa J Howard

  21. Beautiful post, Winter! And a great reminder that we don’t have to agree with someone’s politics to wish them well and to pray for them. It’s so easy to let disagreement and harsh feelings keep us from seeing others in the same light Jesus sees them. May our eyes and hearts be opened and may we spend more time in prayer for all. Thanks for linking up to Testimony Tuesday!

  22. I know God has be telling me to pray more. I’m going to be praying with you.

  23. Thank you! Prayer does work and to that I can attest! Have a wonderful day!

  24. Your words were so needed today but not just today but everyone. I saw War Room and was blown away not only by the power of prayer but the call to be prayer warriors. I am joining you in saying I tend to be lukewarm but as my friend said after the movie, we don;t have time to waste. I am joking you in prayer. Glad to be visiting you from #DanceWithJesus.

  25. Thank you for your honest and inspiring words. Prayer is a powerful weapon, and too few people use it.

  26. You are so right. I’m more convicted than ever about how important time int he word and prayer is in this age of time. Things are so evil right now and I’m tempted to wonder how things can turn around, but then I remember that God promised that the world would be just like this. And He promised that He would look after us. It’s time for His people to really lose the complacency.

  27. i just posted a blog on prayer! Love how God does that!

  28. I saw this earlier, Winter, and finally have a chance to come back and read it more thoroughly. Great post! I love, love, love prayer, but honestly, I’m so convicted by how little I’m praying for our country/government. It’s so easy to complain…sigh. When I find myself with political complaints, I need to “complain” to God, and turn those complaints into prayers. Much more productive use of my time! 🙂 Thanks for sharing. ~ Blessings ~

  29. Our small group just started a study on prayer, so this speaks to what was already on my mind. 🙂 Thanks for linking up at #ThreeWordWednesday!

  30. I found my way here this morning from Old Things New. What a very timely message and word. Saving your prayer points. Have you read Dutch Sheets new book “An Appeal to Heaven”? We need to step into the story and I believe prayer for our nation and leaders is mighty and so needed right NOW. For such a time as this. God Bless You Mightily.

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