Our Only Hope

A Puritan writer once wrote: “The Christian’s armor will rust except it be furbished and scoured with the oil of prayer.”

Once again, our nation stands at a crossroad.  The issue before us:  a burgeoning, bustling land where freedom’s light shines as a bright beacon of hope, or on the other hand a bungling, blighting bureaucratic government of the powerful, by the political and for the privileged who live within the beltline and who have made a career of milking the deep state for every last lobbied dollar that could be had; all in the name of the United States of America.

The odds are against the few free brave men and women who believe in life and liberty for all and an equal field upon which to pursue one’s dreams.

One party platform espouses life for the unborn baby whose only home has ever been its mother’s womb; the other party believes that the fluid baby’s cradle is as much a death chamber as the butcher’s block ready to receive the bloody axe.

It’s a clear choice, and in just days Decision Day 2020 will be upon us; the “odds makers” give it to the “progressives” by a 74-33 margin as of 14 days out.

But God!  At a dark hour in our colonial history, a wise Ben Franklin, not known for his faith in God or in God’s Word, proclaimed to his fellow framers of the U.S. Constitution when their deliberations had come to an impossible impasse:  “We have been assured, Sir, in the sacred scriptures that ‘except the Lord builds the House they labor in vain that build it.’”  Franklin went on to entreat that “henceforth prayers (be made) imploring the assistance of Heaven and its blessings on our deliberations…every morning before we proceed to business….”  Following Franklin’s plea, it is said that the iceberg melted and safe passage through the once frozen political sea was achieved until at last, we had a Constitution that could only have been born through a special dispensation of the grace of God.  A lady hollered across the street to Ben Franklin as he was departing Constitution Hall one day: “What have you given us?”  To which Franklin replied, “A Republic, if you can keep it.”  Today, we struggle yet, as ever, “to keep it.”

We have the most earth-shattering weapon under heaven given to men in the instrument of prevailing prayer. Moses prayed and the sea was parted; Jonah prayed and God sent a great fish to spare him from a drowning death; Daniel prayed and the manes of the kings of beasts, which had been smitten with lock jaw, became Daniel’s pillow for a night’s sleep in a den of lions; Daniel’s three friends prayed and Jesus joined them in the fiery furnace; Joshua prayed and the sun stood still.

So, we join the Apostles in their petition, “Lord, teach us to pray.”  We can do much after we have prayed, but we can do nothing to advance truth’s triumph until we have prayed.  Herbert Lockyer told his ministerial students: “Let us not shun the College of the Wilderness, from which we graduate with the degree of Reliance upon God.”

And so, do not despair during this dark hour.  There is a God whose ears are never stopped, whose eyes are never closed, whose arm is never shortened and whose will is never thwarted.  So, PRAY!

Prayer makes the darkest cloud withdraw; prayer climbs the ladder Jacob saw; and Satan trembles when he sees the weakest saint upon his knees.” (anon.)

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints.” (Eph. 5:18)

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