Desperate times call for desperate prayer!


Desperate times call for desperate measures! For God’s people, desperate times call for desperate prayer. Now is the time to move the heart of God with desperate prayer and fasting. As Hollywood values and sodomy replace Christianity, we must turn to God. Our hope lies not in the White House, but in God’s house, and His house is filled with the prayers of His people.

We must humbly come before the throne of God who will always respond to our desperation. God delivered Esther and her people when they humbled themselves with fasting and prayer (Esther 4). He answered Elisha’s cry and gave resurrection life (2 Kings 4). When Hezekiah cried out, God gave him victory in battle (2 Chronicles 32). Blind Bartimaeus cried out to Jesus despite the scorn, and he received sight (Mark 10). Imagine if these ones had not cried out; they would not have experienced miraculous transformations!


In Genesis 32 Jacob was in that desperate pursuit of God: “Jacob was left alone; and a Man wrestled with him until the breaking of day… And he said, ‘Let me go, for the day breaks.’ But he said, ‘I will not let you go until you bless me!’”

Jacob’s story gives us an idea of how intensely we must pursue God. Certainly he must have been physically exhausted by the end of the night. Wrestling matches typically only last about twenty-five minutes; boxers typically fight twelve three-minute rounds and experience tremendous exhaustion! As one boxer said between rounds, "Now I know what it feels like to die." Despite his physical condition, Jacob persevered; Jacob fought... ALL NIGHT! This perseverance is the mark of a true prayer warrior who persists to see the Lord’s will accomplished. At the end of the night Jacob did not say, “Lord, I have fought all night; please bless me before I go.” No! Jacob desperately cried out, “I will not let you go until you bless me!” This is the level of desperation that moves the heart of God! Where are the Jacobs of today who will not give up in pursuit of revival in our country?


Some Christians believe that there is no hope for the condition of America. They believe that judgment is rapidly coming upon America. These thoughts are easy to think, but God is merciful. While it is true that we are becoming as Sodom which God destroyed, God also pronounced judgment upon the city of Nineveh, but Nineveh was spared for a time because they turned in repentance. In desperation the king and people of that wicked city fasted, put on sackcloth, and sat in ashes. God heard and relented from the disaster that He had decreed.

In 1785 Thomas Jefferson said, “Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.” If Thomas Jefferson trembled for this country over two hundred years ago, how much more should we cry out for the condition of America today?! As believers we must cry out in desperation humbling ourselves before the Almighty God. We must not falter in the battle for revival, both personal and widespread, no matter how weak or tired we may feel! God will hear and reward the desperate prayers of a humble people.


Josiah Alway

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