Moments ago I finished reading an article about a very influential Christian man who turned back into the world. Immediately I began to cry as I pressed into intercession for him. While I prayed, I sensed the heart of the Father grieved that someone who said that they loved and honored Him would in a matter of a few short years turn back as if they never been in a relationship at all. Beloved this is not a post to bring condemnation, however it is one to help raise awareness that we have truly entered the times where many will began to fall away and their love will wax cold for the true and living God.
As Christians, now more than ever it is imperative that we continue to intercede for the incoming harvest, but most importantly we must continue to lift up those in the faith who may be facing struggles that cause their faith to be shaken beyond repair. The Bible tells us in Matthew 24: 9-14 “9Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me. 10At that time many will turn away from the faith and will betray and hate each other, 11and many false prophets will appear and deceive many people. 12Because of the increase of wickedness, the love of most will grow cold, 13but the one who stands firm to the end will be saved. 14And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
Our lives are truly living epistles and someone is watching and waiting for a sign that the God we say we serve is really real. While the earth continues to groan we must continue to be a light that is not only obedient but also full of the Sovereign Father’s glory. While many more will eventually fall away in the days to come, let us all make sure that we are doing our very best through the grace of the Father to win the lost to Christ and to also help cover and gird up the people of God who are at a point of weakness in their faith.
We thank you and give you glory. We honor you for who you are to us. We honor you for all that you have done. At this time we come before you lifting up the lost as well as our brothers and sisters who are one step away from falling away. Father we thank you for your son Jesus who paid a hefty price for the whole world that all might receive the free gift of salvation. We ask that you intervene today and begin to touch lives so that people may have an encounter with you that will change them forever. Father we thank you for household salvation which includes our family, friends, neighbors, co-workers, and anyone we are connected to.
Thank you for giving our Christian brothers and sisters strength to stand upon your word. Help them to know that someone cares. Help them to know that you love them and you desire the very best for them. Thank you for the opportunity to stand in the gap so that someone can get to know you in a brand new way. In Jesus name, amen.
Reference: Bible Hub http://biblehub.com/niv/matthew/24.htm