4/30/16 Just One Hour
“Can you not pray with Me for just one hour? Are your eyes so dim that you would fall asleep during this time? The enemy of all that I hold dear is celebrating. My people are walking in business-as-usual selfishness. Where is the outcry for the horrors that are being done against My Name? Where is the repentance for all that is being done in My Name that is not of Me? Has your heart grown so dull that you will not do what is necessary to be My standard? Will you not miss a meal in My Name? Will you not give up some sleep so that My light can be shown? Will you not take a day away from your toil and trust Me enough to be with Me? An hour of grave darkness is on the horizon. It can be thwarted if you, My people, will be who you are called to be. I am watching to see if you even care.”
Isaiah 59:19 AMP
So [as the result of the Messiah's intervention] they shall [reverently] fear the name of the Lord from the west, and His glory from the rising of the sun. When the enemy shall come in like a flood, the Spirit of the Lord will lift up a standard against him and put him to flight [for He will come like a rushing stream which the breath of the Lord drives].
Matthew 26:38-40 AMP
38) Then He said to them, My soul is very sad and deeply grieved, so that I am almost dying of sorrow. Stay here and keep awake and keep watch with Me.
39) And going a little farther, He threw Himself upon the ground on His face and prayed saying, My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass away from Me; nevertheless, not what I will [not what I desire], but as You will and desire.
40) And He came to the disciples and found them sleeping, and He said to Peter, What! Are you so utterly unable to stay awake and keep watch with Me for one hour?
It is amazing to see so many Christians who either refuse or are unable to walk in the standard of Jesus that is theirs during a time of testing. Many even refuse to enter into the spiritual battle, simply saying that they have faith in the Lord or that His will is going to be done with no participation on their part. It is true that God will accomplish His will. However, we owe Him a response and need to spend enough time with the Lord to discern when and how He is calling for diligence on our part. Even more important, we need to spend time with Him to gain what is needed to flow in the mercy, grace, and power of God that will cause us to exhibit the life of Jesus Christ. Instead, we worry, we fear. We even make believe that our comfort zones will somehow remain intact. For whatever reason, we will not dig in and spend the time to hear clearly from Him.
For many years, the Lord has been calling His people to prepare for a time when wrong will be made to appear as right and good will be labeled as bad. He has been calling us to become who we have been saying that we are all along, true representatives of Jesus. He has been calling us to repent of our cold, dead religion and to represent Jesus to a dead and dying world.
Make no mistake, what is all around us is spiritual and must be dealt with in a spiritual manner. There is no carnal power that will stop the flood that is at hand. What price are you willing to pay so that the Name of the Lord will be glorified? What part of your comfort zone will you give up so that you can hear the Lord clearly and respond properly?
Give me ears to hear, eyes to see, and the power to stay awake, Lord,