Have You Cried Out?

When was the last time your cried over the wickedness in the Universal Church?

Maybe you don’t visit a lot of churches to see what's really going on now-a-days but I challenge you to visit a church or check out one on Facebook and you will totally understand where I'm going in this blog.

I recently, ministered, in dance, at a church and I came home vexed by the great wickedness I encountered in that place. Homosexual men, leading worship and playing the piano, Jezebel the prophetess and her eunuchs all cluttering the atmosphere with their performances, showboating, false prophesies and simply put a display of great wickedness.

It took days of my husband praying for me to release the burden of what I encountered that weekend. God was showing me the state of His church and what was really going on so I could intercede more effectively.

At dinner with a friend yesterday she shared with me that a famous male gospel music artist friend leaked a video, via Instagram, of him passionately kissing a another man. She then proceeded to say she wasn’t surprised, and I know this is true because the church is in such bad shape. I sat there feeling the burden come over me again to pray for the universal church.

I woke up this morning and didn’t even realize that I was praying for the church before I had even opened my eyes!!! I kept hearing the verse in Ezekiel 9:4 NIV which reads, “and said to him, “Go throughout the city of Jerusalem and put a mark on the foreheads of those who grieve and lament over all the detestable things that are done in it.” As I listened, he said to the others, “Follow him through the city and kill, without showing pity or compassion. Slaughter the old men, the young men and women, the mothers, and children, but do not touch anyone who has the mark. Begin at my sanctuary.” So, they began with the old men who were in front of the temple.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to be marked as one who prayed and cried out against the “sin of the land.” If you need a better picture of what the sin of the land is check out Galatians 5:19-21 NIV. The sin of the land is: “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy,

fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God.”

Do you see any of these things happening in your local church or the universal church? If you know, then start CRYING OUT now! There is so much to pray about that you and I don’t have time to get caught up in foolishness. Our prayers have the power to change things!! Activate!! Psalms 34:17, The Message says, is anyone crying for help? God is listening, ready to rescue you.

The father is listening for the prayer of the righteous that will avail much (James 5:16). I encourage you to cry out again the sin of the land and the sin inside the universal church.

1 Peter 4:17 NIV “For it is time for judgment to begin with God’s household; and if it begins with us, what will the outcome be for those who do not obey the gospel of God?”

If judgement will start at God’s house are you ready? Pray and ask the Lord to help you, the church, and the world to be ready for that day.

The Lord is looking for a spotless church (Ephesians 5:27). The watered-down messages that don’t warn against sin and the coming judgment must stop. The purpose of the church is to train others to learn what pleases God, to find his purpose and witness to others the saving power of Jesus Christ.

Take the list from Galatians, listed above, and pray over each of those points. Pray for the church as a whole to be free from the deadly grip of sin. The enemy couldn’t stop some us from going to church, but he can have us in church in habit sin with no conviction becoming religious puppets. Instead of gossiping, get to praying about the flaws and faults you see in others.

As you begin to pray let the Lord lead you to other things that need to be prayed about for the church. Remember, a big part of prayer is listening to the Holy Spirit to pray what’s going to capture the heart of the father.

God loves his church and would like to see it function in the capacity he designed it to. Partner with me and do your part to intercede. The Universal Church needs intercessors.

Will you pray for God's church? If you do you will be the one He marks for safety in the coming days of wrath. Your prayers can spare help the condition of the church. Don’t be found unmarked because you choose not to cry out on the church's behalf. Right now more than anything the church needs to regain its power to be a beacon light to the lost and hurting. with intercession for the land and church.

Pray for pastors to lead their flocks in holiness and righteousness. Pray for the church to stand against sin and the abomination of the land. Pray that we return back to the fear of the Lord and stop making excuses and allowances for sin. Again, I ask you will you cry out?