I try to capture the reader’s attention through the subject title to invite them to walk with me.
I write comments in question form so as to provoke us to think on various topics.
I’m not sure if this tactic is successful, I have no way of knowing. However, I am tasked with responsibility to contribute to this column, so I write and trust God for the personal touch with the readers.
Today, however, is different, today I sense a burden that I have felt at various times. So today I am writing with the Body of Christ in mind, and as such, my language is toward this target audience. If anyone wants to discuss this article or the language, I use I would be very privileged to sit and talk with you.
In the book of Chronicles, a certain tribe from Israel are known as the Sons of Issachar. God had given this tribe a unique gift. They had the unusual ability to understand the seasons and to know what to do.
I am grateful that this gift was from God, as my theology and experience have taught me that God can endow His gifts upon anyone, and I mean anyone! We certainly need this gift today.
At a time when news commentators thoughtlessly say, “these are unprecedented times…” At a time when comments call these, “uncertain times” the gift of the Sons of Issachar is desperately needed upon the body of Christ.
I haven’t kept up with the Church Talk articles from my brothers and sisters for the past three months, as is my habit of doing, solely for the fact that my wife and I were among those who were so warmly welcomed back a month ago, among the first passengers to return home.
I apologise in advance if I’m covering the same subject written in recent months.
I want to start by reminding us of the words of Jesus, from the book of Matthew, chapter 24. Jesus talked about the end of the age and his return.
While no one knows the exact date or time of His return, not even Jesus himself, only the Father (v36) he gave indicators to help us recognize this season.
He told us that deceived people would arise claiming to be the messiah, that there would be an increase of famines, pestilence, earthquakes, global wars and rumours of wars.
The Great War and World War II are marker points of this season, and if you did some quick research it doesn’t take long to find the other indicators Jesus mentioned seem more prominent in the past 100 years than ever before.
My point in reference to Matthew 24 is this; Jesus foreknew this was going to happen and he gave us pre-warning!
He also commanded us in verse 6, “see to it that you are not alarmed.”
I want to encourage the Body of Christ not to be afraid at this time. Our God, who prewarned us of these things, does not react to world events throughout history, He simply rules.
He has given the Body of Christ pre-warning so that we would know how to respond. He has given us His peace, which surpasses all understanding, to be peacemakers in such times.
The apostle Peter encouraged the church in his time by saying;
“Since we are approaching the end of all things, be intentional, purposeful, and self-controlled so that you can be given to prayer. Above all, constantly echo God’s intense love for one another, for love will be a canopy over a multitude of sins. Be compassionate to foreigners without complaining. Every believer has received grace gifts, so use them to serve one another as faithful stewards of the many-colored tapestry of God’s grace.” (1 Peter 4:7-10 TPT)
The apostle Paul exhorts us to pray in the Spirit with every form of prayer, stay alert and pray for all God’s people! (Ephesians 6:18)
Staying in the context of season we’re in, Matthew chapter 25 records a parable Jesus told about the end of the ages. There were 10 virgins, five wise, five foolish. Due to my limited number of words in this article, I will leave the reading of this parable to you, the reader.
The issue in this parable was the oil, and for the five foolish it was the lack of it. The oil represents anointing. The anointing is found in God’s presence, through praise, worship, prayer and communion.
The title to this article is A Call to Prayer.
I want to resound a Call to all God’s people, to The Body of Christ, the Church, of which Jesus is the Head, to draw nearer to His presence in worship, to commune with Him in prayer, to declare His words to His people, and to wait for His anointing oil which we need today to bring hope to world crying out for answers.
This is a call to the watchman in our nation, to take your post at the “city gates” and to decree the Lord’s words, releasing the angelic beings to do the Lords bidding, as King David wrote, “even the angels harken to the voice of your word.” (Psalm 103:20)
And this is a Call to the Bride of Christ, His Beloved, whom He has called by Name, to respond to His invitation into the Kings chambers.
For those who have ears, may you respond accordingly, Amen.