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PRAYING FOR THE LOST

Psalm 119:136; Proverbs 4:14-19; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Various

Crying For the Lost

Psalm 119:136; Proverbs 4:14-19; 1 Timothy 2:1-2; Various

Good evening and welcome to BCCC and our nightly devotional study.

Do you ever cry for the lost?

Like many of you, my heart is sickened by the pictures coming out of the cities where riots have destroyed and looted property. These are supposed to be protest about the death of George Floyd sparked by a viral video of the police officer who put his knee to his neck because he was resisting arrest. Whether the police were in the wrong or not, these protest have robbed business owners of their livelihood and have caused chaos and disorder to spread throughout the country.

It reminds me of what Solomon said in Proverbs 4:14-19. Don’t do as the wicked do, and don’t follow the path of evildoers. Don’t even think about it; don’t go that way. Turn away and keep moving. For evil people can’t sleep until they’ve done their evil deed for the day. They can’t rest until they’ve caused someone to stumble. They eat the food of wickedness and drink the wine of violence! The way of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. But the way of the wicked is like total darkness. They have no idea what they are stumbling over.

The death of George Floyd was a tragedy. But these protest that are done in the darkness, spreading violence, destruction, and even murder is not because of injustice on the part of the police. It’s because of evil. The spreading of lies, anger, frustration, desire, and greed. It is pure evil with only evil intentions. And I cry because these people are lost. They do not even realized that they are being used for evil by the Father of Lies.

This need for destruction and violence is demonic in nature. In Revelation 9, the demon king named Abaddon, or “place of destruction” will rise from a smoking abyss. His other name is Apollyon, which means destroyer. This demon king leads a horde of demonic “locusts” that will rise out of the smoking pit and torture those who do not bear the seal of God. The pain they inflict will be so intense that sufferers will wish to die. The only one who gets anything out of destruction, chaos, and violence is Satan.

In Psalm 119:136 it says, “Rivers of tears gush from my eyes because people disobey your instructions.” For the Christian we should cry for three reasons: 1. The devastation that this sinful protest has left behind. 2. The disobedience to the Lord and his word. 3. The souls of those who are committing these criminal and sinful acts. We should all be saddened by what is going on.

So what do we do about? The Apostle Paul gave us the answer in 1 Timothy 2:1-2. I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people— for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. Pray for peace and calm on everyone’s part. Pray for the leaders of this country and for the leaders of the cities under siege that they will act wisely and seek God’s way. Pray for the people that are committing these acts. Pray for godly people to stand up and intervene in the lives of these people. Pray for the safety of all the men in women in law enforcement, the army reserves, the nation guard, fire departments and emts who are doing their best to bring peace and calm to this horrible circumstances. PRAYER WORKS.

PRAYER THOUGHT: Dear God Almighty, Thank you for your strength and wisdom. You know what a mess our world is in right now. We pray for those who are lost and not living accourding to your word. We pray for those who are using this moment for evil intents. We pray for our leaders who are trying to call for peace. We pray for those on the frontlines of these riots, Lord, keep them safe. May your mighty hand act to bring peace and calm to this world of chaos. In Jesus name we pray, Amen!

We are challenging everyone to learn 4 new verses by the end of June. I hope you will join us for this challenge. Psalm 119:136 is another great verse to memorize. Let us know how you are doing. I hope you will join us tomorrow night at 6pm for our Bible devotional. Good night and God bless you.

Jun 1, 20/ Preacher/ Ministers Minute/
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