One chilling point is that the Bible teaches that when a nation reaches the point of no return - the point where "the wound becomes incurable" - prayer is no longer of any avail. Thus, Jeremiah was told by God that he was not to pray for the deliverance of Judah! (Jeremiah 7:16).
Ezekiel was told the same thing when he tried to pray for Judah, but in even in stronger terms. God named three of the most righteous men who had ever lived - Job, Noah, and Daniel - and He told Ezekiel that even their prayers could not deliver the nation from His wrath (Ezekiel 14:12-21). "I have set my face against them," the Lord concluded (Ezekiel 15:7).
God is patient and longsuffering. But He cannot be mocked! "Whatever you devise against the Lord, He will make a complete end of it" (Naham 1:9). God will ultimately deal with the sin of every nation. "The Lord is slow to anger and great in power, and the Lord will by no means leave the guilty unpunished" (Nahum 1:3). Some nations will be destroyed before the Great Tribulation begins, but all nations will taste God's wrath during that terrible period of international judgment.
America's Current Position
I believe our nation has reached the point of no return. We have the blood of 54 million aborted babies on our hands. We are polluting the world with our violent, immoral and blasphemous television programs and movies. We have become obsessed with sex, and we are hooked on drugs.
To illustrate how bad the situation is, let me share with you the story of a prayer. The story begins in 1995 when a great prayer was written by Bob Russell who, at the time, was pastor of Southeast Christian Church in Louisville, Kentucky, one of the nation's largest churches.
A year later, on January 23, 1996, Joe Wright, who at the time was pastor of Central Christian Church in Wichita, Kansas,decided to deliver the same prayer, with some minor changes, before the House of Representatives of the Kansas Legislature. It garnered nationwide attention when the Democrat leaders in the legislature called a press conference and condemned the prayer! Later, when it was read by Paul Harvey on his radio program, it prompted the largest response in the history of the program as thousands wrote in requesting copies of the prayer.
Here is the Prayer:
Heavenly Father, we come before You today
to ask Your forgiveness and seek Your direction
and guidance. We know Your Word says, "Woe
to those who call evil good," but that's exactly what
we've done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium
and inverted our values.
We confess that we have ridiculed the absolute
truth of Your Word and called it "moral pluralism."
We have worshiped other gods and called it "multi-culturalism."
We have endorsed perversion and called it "an
We have exploited the poor and called it "the lottery."
We have neglected the needy and called it
We have rewarded laziness and called it "welfare."
We have killed our unborn and called it "freedom of choice."
We have shot abortionists and called it "justifiable."
We have neglected to discipline our children and called
it "building esteem."
We have abused power and called it "political savvy."
We have coveted our neighbors' possessions
and called it "ambition."
We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography
and called it "freedom of expression."
We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our
forefathers and called it "enlightenment."
Search us, O God, and know our hearts today; try us and see if there be some wicked way in us; cleanse us from every sin
and set us free.
Guide us and bless these men and women who have been sent here by the people of Kansas and who have been ordained by You to govern this great state. Grant them Your wisdom to rule, and may their decisions direct us to the center of Your will. Amen
Can you imagine political leaders publicly condemning such a prayer? And that was over 20 years ago! Since that time, our nation's moral deterioration has greatly accelerated.
I believe we have reached the point where evil has become so entwined in the fabric of our nation that "our wound has become incurable." I see no hope for us because we have turned our back on our only Hope - the Lord Jesus Christ.
If we end up in the next election having to choose between a dishonest, power-hungry Jezebel and an ego-maniacal, gutter-mouthed Clown, it will be because God has given us the kind of leaders we deserve.
In the meantime, let us pray earnestly for the Rapture.
~David R. Reagan~
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