On July 8, 2015 a serious natural storm was bearing down on Washington D.C. As the weather folks stated, “Nothing much came of the storm, but the double rainbow that immediately replaced it became the star of the show.
Here’s what I believe. The 777 Urgent Call to Prayer Initiative spearheaded by Ruth Graham Lots a week earlier was heard.
Multiplied Thousands Nationwide Responded
You may feel like this is just a coincidence, but as a Jesus Follower, I don’t worship a god named, Coincidence. Multiplied thousands nationwide responded to the 7 day prayer and fasting initiative. In concert with that call came the beginning of the “If 7:14” tour with the books author, Bob Vanderpladt and the musicians, The Newsboys. (Learn more here)
A Storm Was Moving In
A literal severe natural storm was moving in on the nations capitol. I believe, in context, that was a natural metaphor for what has been happening in the invisible world of spirit.
The Storm Was Replaced
For some time, calls have been going out about the dangers facing our nation spiritually and for the need for serious prayer. I do not believe previous initiatives have been for naught. I believe everything works together for good. I believe that the first serious prayer for a reviving of God’s people began it’s work of being heard in Heaven.
Apparently, at least in my opinion, the most recent intercessions reached a tipping point. And, God responded with a promise much like that to Noah. The covenant rainbow.
The Lessons To Be Realized
There are probably several. I would just like to point out a few that are the most obvious to me:
- God does respond to prayer. Even when it seems He may not be responding, know that He is working in the invisible places and we need to keep persisting in our response to what He calls for. Don’t give up on the brink of a miracle.
- The “prayer connection” is vital to the promises of God’s words being fulfilled.
- National governmental crisis has been averted. I do not believe this necessarily means that everything is smooth sailing ahead. But, I do believe that the main thing is the main thing and prayer is vital on a personal level and a national level. I heard an Evangelist say one time that he was questioned about why a wonderful revival that had started had dissipated. His response was gold. He asked, “What were you doing when it began?” The church responded, we were on our knees in fervent prayer.” He added, “Then I would say you should have stayed there.” It is classic in contemporary life and biblical times that once circumstances take a turn for the good and the pressure is off, that seeking God becomes more lax. We must continue focusing on with a daily prayer initiative for our own lives and for government issues – both local and national.
What It Doesn’t Mean (IMHO)
I did a teaching on Sunday morning, July 7, that 2 Chronicles 7:14 is not a promise to America of governmental revival and healing. But, instead, the only authentic way to apply this Hebrew land promise to us today is on a “personal land level.” We must individually humble ourselves before God on a personal level, for ourselves first.
However, having said that, I do believe that the Lord loves the natural land of His people that live there (including any country you might name). I do believe that His people on the most basic levels of leadership (or none officially) are potentially a wall of protection when they are submitted to God first. Submitted (not in words only) but in observable action. As someone said, “The man runs fastest who runs on his knees.”
I know really good, sincere people who believe the answer is getting the right people in political power. Bob Vanderpladt said at the “If 7:14” gathering in Davenport, IA, “I do not believe the the person on Air Force One is what will bring revival. I hope Air Force One is a part of it, but the right person on the plane is not what the promise is about.”
Righteousness exalts a nation. I believe that. Righteous men and women in office have the potential to do great things for their country. I also don’t doubt that involvement in the political scene is what many men and women are called to. But, I also believe the power source in getting them there and keeping them there (unscathed and pure) is much more of a spiritual initiative than a natural “best guy for the job in my opinion” natural political initiative.
We need to have righteous people in office to be a Godly influence and bring Godly wisdom. However, the Washington Power Beast” has proven to corrupt many good men and women. It’s not their “right politics” that keeps them there. [Right politics in your opinion].
Regardless of what you, my reader, may think of Pat Robertson, (and I am not an advocate of everything he believes), he was quoted as saying something at the time he was running for office. He said that he was actually glad that he didn’t make it through the primaries. He said the forces in the political arena were far more powerful and destructive than he had imagined and that it may well have destroyed him.
It’s About The Concerted Personal And Corporate Prayer Initiative
I said it in the above words. Nothing much to add to that. So, I’m going to end with a prayer:
Heavenly Father…I believe you have set in the sky an encouragement and I so thank you for it. Now, may you give us the revelation of heart of where our priorities, regardless of our gifts and callings, lay. Motivate us by Your Spirit as we see the roots of how we can better respond to you. In the fame of Jesus’ name. Amen.
Please respond with your thoughts…