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I thought I was shock-proof but yesterday proved me wrong. I watched a newscast last night showing a Planned Parenthood executive eating lunch and talking about selling organs and body parts from aborted babies as though she was discussing the price of tomatoes on the open market. I almost gagged. Then, as it settled, I wept. My husband moaned. I looked at him, “What have we come to?” If you wish, read here.
This morning I went on my favorite free photo website and searched “praying people” for an image to use. I found Muslim’s praying, Buddhist’s praying, Hindu’s praying – I didn’t find one photo of a group of American-looking people in corporate prayer. THAT disturbed me. Then I searched “rock concert” and found this:
(So, let’s just pretend this is an image of corporate worship & prayer! Note: I added the scripture! 2 Chronicles 7.14)
I realize there are plenty of bandwagons one can climb on – but, today I’m going to climb on the head wagon and hold steady the reins. This wagon is called S-I-N. Contrary to what a lot of people believe, there really is a right and wrong. A black and white. A good and evil. And, by George, we as Bible-believers better buckle our straps and prepare to confess what we believe.
In the Old Testament there are many examples of corporate confession:
Numbers 12.11 Aaron said to Moses, “Please, my lord, I ask you not to hold against us the sin we have so foolishly committed…”
1 Samuel 12.19 The people all said to Samuel, “Pray to the Lord your God for your servants so that we will not die, for we have added to all our other sins the evil of asking for a king.”
Ezra 9.6 And Ezra prayed “I am too ashamed and disgraced, my God, to lift up my face to You, because our sins are higher than our heads and our guilt has reached to the heavens… (Please click on the link to read the entire prayer.)
Nehemiah 1.5-11 I confess the sins we Israelites, including myself and my father’s family, have committed against You. We have acted very wickedly toward You. We have not obeyed the commands, decrees and laws You gave Your servant Moses… (Please click on the link to read the entire prayer.)
Daniel 9.4-19 I prayed to the Lord my God and confessed: “Lord, the great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant of love with those who love Him and keep His commandments, we have sinned and done wrong… (Please click on the link to read the entire prayer.)
In every instance of corporate prayer, God listened. God heard. God responded. Yes, I know and realize these are OLD testament prayers but how much more TODAY will God hear His people pray? He calls us a royal PRIESThood – chosen, holy, and, special. He hears us when we cry out to Him.
People, we are desperate for God’s grace and mercy in this world today – will we join together and fall on our knees and offer prayers of…