Let’s Pray for Our Churches
“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14 NIV)
At a recent Tuesday Night Prayer Meeting, we prayed for our native countries— the nations in which the members of our congregation were born. We reminded ourselves, however, that a nation is only as good as its people. And the people can only be good if their lives are changed by the power of the Holy Spirit. This change happens when they call on the name of the Lord and are saved.
The Scriptures, ask, however, “How can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” That is the Commission that our Lord Jesus Christ gave us before he ascended back to heaven after he died and rose again: “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation” (Mark 16:15).
So we see that it is the Church that we have to pray for. We have to cry out to God to revive the churches in the countries of our birth. Entrusted with the preaching of the gospel, the Church is the only hope. We’re the light of the world, but if the light is not shining brightly, we’re not going to reach our world for Christ. Think of it: in America, the government can’t do anything; and the Republicans and the Democrats certainly won’t change a soul. Only the gospel can change the human heart, and it is the Church that is entrusted with preaching the gospel. If the Church isn’t doing its job, there’s no hope, because the light isn’t being light to the world, and the salt has lost its saltiness.
God tells us in his Word, “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). He’s not telling Congress or any political party or public official to humble themselves and pray. He’s calling his people to pray and to intercede. Let’s do that today as we cry out to God for revival in our churches in America and throughout the world.
Read Romans 10:5-15.