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The Only Process
October 14, 2011

I. Overturning the Judgment of God:

Every nation is in crisis.  America is in Crisis.  Overturning the rightful judgment of God for the increasingly sinful state of America cannot be treated lightly.  We aren’t dealing with a person who can be bought off or convinced to look the other way.  The current state of accrued judgment that is awaiting America took decades to amass and it is ignorant, hypocritical and flawed to think that our nation can transition into right standing with God because some thousands of people get together for a one day event and pray for a few hours.  I dare say 100,000 people going 24/7 for months on end probably would not be enough to overturn the judgment situation for this nation.  We have a crisis of incalculable magnitude and virtually no one is paying attention.  We will die in our unpreparedness or we will begin to prepare.

II. A Grave Danger:

I’m very annoyed about what I am convinced of, and about what I am going to now write.  There is only one process that makes sense at this time, and unfortunately it will be widely perceived as unnecessary, strange sounding, and hyper-religious.  This perception will remain the case until the wisdom of it is proved right by time or by God.  Consequently it will be the source of much persecution for those who choose to propagate it.  If this particular process isn’t heeded then it will go poorly for whatever populous has not a sufficient enough core of people embracing it.  Each part that follows is only a means to an end, but I fear that each step is necessary in order to produce the end results.  It doesn’t matter that this process is unheard of or bizarre sounding; it is the only process that will work.

III. Step One – Become Gripped:

We must become gripped with the fear of the Lord regarding the hour we are living in, this is the essential first step or the process won’t work and it will go poorly for whatever populous has not a sufficient enough core of people embracing it.  Read the following verses slowly and carefully.  Ask the Lord to paint the picture for you of what is required to overturn His wrath.

“The end of all things is near. Therefore be clear minded and self-controlled so that you can pray (1Pe. 4:7).”

“The day of the LORD is great; it is dreadful. Who can endure it? “Even now,” declares the LORD, “return to me with all your heart, with fasting and weeping and mourning.”  Rend your heart…Return to the LORD your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger and abounding in love, and he relents from sending calamity.  Who knows? He may turn and have pity and leave behind a blessing…Blow the trumpet in Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.  Gather the people, consecrate the assembly; bring together the elders, gather the children, those nursing at the breast.  Let the bridegroom leave his room and the bride her chamber.  Let the priests, who minister before the LORD, weep between the temple porch and the altar.  Let them say, “Spare your people, O LORD.  Do not make your inheritance an object of scorn, a byword among the nations.  Why should they say among the peoples, ‘Where is their God (Jo. 2:11-17)?’”

“My soul yearns for you in the night; in the morning my spirit longs for you. When your judgments come upon the earth, the people of the world learn righteousness. (Is. 26:9).”

“Gather together, gather together, O shameful nation, before the appointed time arrives and that day sweeps on like chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD comes upon you, before the day of the LORD’s wrath comes upon you.  Seek the LORD, all you humble of the land, you who do what he commands.  Seek righteousness, seek humility; perhaps you will be sheltered on the day of the LORD’s anger (Zph. 2:1-3).”

“When disaster comes to a city, has not the LORD caused it (Am. 3:6)?” 

“if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.  Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayers offered in this place (2Ch. 7:14).”

IV. Step Two – Get Clarity on the Subject:

If being gripped by what is on the horizon doesn’t cause us to go deeper in prayer and in study and our conversations then the gripping will leave us in time and we will remain no better off than we were.  Further, we will never become part of the solution.  The solution necessitates that millions of Americans embrace this process, and remember it will go poorly for whatever populous (think city or region) has not a sufficient enough core of people embracing it.

V. Step Three – Begin Communicating the Problem:

Once we have some revelation we need to begin to communicate the problem at hand, or as the Joel 2 passage says “blow the trumpet.”  Our words will start off painfully ineffective; we will soon see the barren state of our lack of clarity as we try to explain these things to people and have almost nothing to say, or much to say with little effect.  I believe that this is intended by God to be fuel for our fire and it is to cause us a pain we can’t be cured of so that we would invest all the more in prayer and study and the pursuit of discernment and clarity.

VI.  Step Four – Communicate the Solution:

For anyone who will listen, for any reason whatsoever, we then need to communicate the solution.  It will go very poorly for whatever populous has not a sufficient enough core of people embracing this solution.  The solution is night and day prayer…lots of it.

VII. Step Five – Start Night and Day Prayer Everywhere:

A. If things don’t make it to this step then all our efforts were not enough.  Informed people doing nothing will still see the judgment they were informed about (see the unresponsive recipients of every major prophet and most of the minor prophet’s messages of warning).

B. Tragically, it is not enough even to have prayer, at The Prayer Room we’ve been praying corporately now 7 days a week for over 6 years and I am only awakened now more than ever to the desperate state we are in.

C. It is not enough to have night and day prayer.  It must be a large enough percentage of the population engaged at a deep enough heart level for a long enough period of time, and only God can gauge what is adequate

D. This sounds unbelievable to our busied self absorbed American minds, but it is real and it is crucial that we awaken to this reality.  And for those regions that do not a sufficient enough core of people embracing this it will go very poorly for that people.

 

Brad Stroup
Director
Dallas Fort Worth House of Prayer
www.theprayerroomdfw.com

 

"If we are to become the International House of Prayer that Jesus spoke of in Mt. 21:13, then we had better be found actually praying."