Sunday, March 29, 2020

Mighty: Taking America Back


Currently on break from blogging to complete my new book, Mighty: Taking America Back, which is due to be released in 2021.

May God bless you.

Sunday, November 17, 2019

"It will come about at that time that I will search Jerusalem with lamps, and I will punish the men who are stagnant in spirit, who say in their hearts, 'The LORD will not do good or evil!'"
– Zephaniah 1:12-13, NASB

Kenneth Boa, in his excellent treatise on godly time management, says, "The great saints of old learned the wisdom of having only two days on their calendars: Today, and That Day (the day they would be with the Lord). If we want a heart of wisdom, we will learn to live each day in light of That Day. When we daily remind ourselves of the purpose for our sojourn here on earth, we will cultivate an eternal perspective on time; and it will influence our work and all our relationships."

Actually, the entire book of Zephaniah is a message about a day of reckoning when God would settle accounts with His people.  As deep calls to deep, we should ponder this prophetic book in the context of "That Day"--the Day of the Lord that lies in our very own future.  In the excerpt above, it levels a specific warning against God's people who are caught in a state of stagnation on That Day.  God Himself will locate them--with His mighty searchlights--and mete out the reward their lukewarmness has earned.

He focuses on a key delusion we fall prey to while in this stagnant condition, that is, "The LORD will not do good or evil."  In other words, God is at a comfortable distance of space ("in heaven") and time ("long ago").  Why, He doesn't care about my town, my circle of influence ... certainly not in my lifetime!

Don't you believe it, Christian!  The LORD will indeed "do good."  He stands at the door and knocks--not to shower us with condemnation, but to arouse us from the darkness of stagnation to "shine like the firmament" and "turn many to righteousness" (Daniel 12:3).

Prayer Suggestion:  "Father, thank you for Your patient persistence knocking at my door.  Please forgive my stagnant, unbelieving state.  I want to believe You're still in the business of 'doing good' right now, today, in my lifetime.  I open the door; please come in, heal my stagnation, and 'do good' within me first, so You can use me to truly make a difference.  In Jesus' name.  Amen."

Monday, February 23, 2015

Are These 5 KRYPTONITES Sapping Your Power and Will to Pray for America?


Kryptonite #5: "GOD IS THROUGH WITH THE U.S."

If God were through with our nation, He could rapture us all today, and then turn America into a really, really wide Panama Canal. Fact is, Noah preached right up till it started raining. Jonah, on the other hand, had it all figured out: "God is through with Nineveh!" So, which model shall we choose? It all comes down to obedience -- doing our part, and letting God be God.

Kryptonite #4: "BUT I DON'T SEE AMERICA IN END-TIME PROPHECY."

Anyone who feels qualified to unlock every detail of Biblical end-time prophecy is under a delusion. Christ Himself explained (John 16:4) that certain prophecies are given so, WHEN THEY'RE FULFILLED [and not generally before], we'll finally understand what God meant, and be at peace knowing that all is happening per His plan. Besides, God's prophetic language doesn't always speak in terms of Man's political boundaries, but rather He speaks of Tribes, Tongues, and Nations -- i.e., people groups. And most importantly, the Glorious Bride that He is sovereignly preparing. Are we, the American Church, not part of that Bride?? Indeed we are, Hallelujah!

Kryptonite #3: "LIKE, I'M GONNA MAKE A DIFFERENCE? WHO AM I KIDDING?"

God is not impressed by numbers as we are. In fact, He's chosen to work through the faithful few. Remember how Gideon had to send all those strapping volunteers home so God could prevail against the enemy host with just the ragtag few -- the guys armed with bean pots, sparklers, and noisemakers? Furthermore, New Testament Arithmetic is clear: "Two or three." That's all of us it takes, for Him to show up. And when He does ... THAT'S what makes the Difference!

Kryptonite #2: "YEAH, BUT NO ONE ELSE CARES."

You are in good company if you feel that way. It's Elijah's Disease, a.k.a. LMSS ("Last Man Standing Syndrome"). See I Kings 19:10. But in fact, there is a groundswell of Christians with a heart to pray for America. Countless thousands support the National Day of Prayer each May. And, throughout the year, ministries like Capitol Hill Prayer Partners, Intercessors for America, and National Minute of Prayer partner with myriad believers crying out to God for national repentance and revival. And again... "Two or three" is a majority, because He is with us.

Kryptonite #1: "I'D LOVE TO, BUT I JUST DON'T HAVE TIME."

The Number One thing that hinders us from consistently praying for our nation is just that: TIME. But, the good news is that it's also the easiest problem to solve. Because Jesus made it clear that the NUMBER OF WORDS we pray is of no consequence (Matthew 6:7), while the New Testament Arithmetic -- "Two (or three) -- IN AGREEMENT" (Matthew 18:19) -- makes all the difference. Here's where the National Minute of Prayer comes in. It's the SAME simple "Big Ben Minute" prayer strategy that defeated Hitler 70 years ago.
To find out more, visit: www.MinuteOfPrayer.org

by Brad Fenichel, Founder
National Minute of Prayer

Thursday, May 30, 2013

"If My People...?" What People?

"When I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or command the locust to devour the land, or send pestilence among my people, if my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. Now my eyes will be open and my ears attentive to the prayer that is made in this place. For now I have chosen and consecrated this house that my name may be there forever. My eyes and my heart will be there for all time."
2 Chronicles 7:13-16 (ESV)


Have we taken II Chronicles 7:14 out of context?

Shortly after Solomon had completed the first Temple in Jerusalem, God appeared to him in the night and personally delivered a message that contains, among other things, those words that have become the rally cry of all great revivals: "If My people, who are called by My name..."

Surely, this passage stands as one of the most colossal promises made by Him Whose mercies endure to all generations and eternity beyond.

But, have we taken it out of its context?

Let's have a closer look at the full Scripture....

Sunday, April 29, 2012

God's Heart Is Too Big

Since the The Big Ben Minute (see below) was released this spring, a number of media folks have asked me about the Minute of Prayer movement.  What's the bottom line ... what's the angle?  Is this about praying to end abortion?  Our loss of freedoms?  The upcoming election?  The war on terror? 

The answer is YES.  And a thousand thousand other things we Christians should be caring about and fervently praying for.

But, how do we cover all that ground in 60 seconds?  Why, it would be absurd to think we could effectively do such a thing.  Think about it....

Just as our Father God keeps countless worlds in motion, while His eye is on the fallen sparrow, likewise, His heart swells with compassion for each of the seven billion humans on this planet -- including the three hundred million of us who live in the United States of America.

- Each time a young person is cut down in the prime of life by a bullet or a bomb on the battlefield, He is right there, feeling the pain that mankind's sin has brought on our world.      
- Each time a tender baby is savagely poisoned or torn limb from limb by an abortion procedure, God is there feeling the agony and bearing the infant away in His everlasting arms.
- Each time a young lady sits alone, cutting her body with razors to express the pang of loneliness in her soul, or a young man pumps destructive chemicals into his veins in an attempt to soothe the misery of his existence for just an hour ...
- When the hopeless newborn gasps for air in a dumpster ...
- Or the carefree girl is dragged into an alley at gunpoint ...
- Or the young couple loads that last cardboard box into the car and drives away from their home in despair, because the bank has taken possession ...
- Or doctor calls, and yes, it's malignant ...

Our Father God's heart weeps for the pain of all who are oppressed by the devil, and He desires to saturate us with His compassion so we may intercede for their release.  But His heart is too big.  If He were to saddle any one of us, even for a moment, with the sorrow He feels for lost humanity, it would crush us!

What, then?  There's an old hymn that opens with the words:
Lord, lay some soul upon my heart
And love that soul through me ...

You see, God will take one splinter of that massive cross of mankind's suffering, and He'll lay it on you or me.  And, we always know what splinter He's placed in our heart, because it pinches deeply each time we think about it!  Your splinter might be the vacuum of godly leadership in our nation.  Mine might be the 3000+ babies cruelly slaughtered each day in the U.S. alone -- or maybe it's the countless young ladies who can never seem to wash their hands of the guilt over ending a child's life.  Another's splinter might be the homeless young families sheltering in the old condemned post office building down the street. 

So, when my alarm buzzes at 9:00 p.m., calling me to join my voice with the invisible throng across our nation who are praying at this same moment, I hold up my splinter to the One who gave it.  And, as each of us holds up his or her splinter, the cross of God's compassion takes shape in our corporate prayer.  That's when Heaven and Earth touch, and the infinite heart of our loving Father connects with His people's supplication.  And that's when He can start to move across America, an every broken heart, and broken home, and broken church, and broken state, to bring hope and deliverance.

What, then, is the "bottom line"?  What's the purpose of our Minute of Prayer?  It's to pray for whatever splinter of burden God has laid on each of us.  That, ultimately, He may forgive our sin and heal our land.



"Brother, Can You Spare a Minute?"
 

For more information on the National Minute of Prayer movement, visit the web site:
Minute of Prayer