The church service was over. As we turned to walk towards the parking lot, a church leader asked my husband to pray to say a closing prayer over the leaders. We joined in a circle like we usually do. Our kids happened to be with us, so they also joined in. We bowed our heads and Javier began to pray. Not even a minute into the prayer student leaders and church leaders one by one stepped away from the circle. Some began having their own side conversations, as if my husband was finished. The side conversations were so loud that I looked up and noticed my family were the only ones remaining. My heart broke!
My eyelids slowly opened…it was a dream!
Has our youth become so impatient and distracted that they can’t pray for more than a minute?! Has the enemy blinded our leaders and pastors to a man made church culture that says everything is okay? The Holy Spirit is behind bars, intercession is a foreign word, salvation is a secret decision because we don’t want to offend anyone by asking them to walk to the front, and Godly sorrow is not allowed because the schedule doesn’t allow the allotted time for it!
Wake Up Brothers and Sisters, this is not a dream, this is the reality and the culture of our churches all across America.
Lord, helps us! Shake the pastors to their core, soften their hearts, and clear the cloud of ignorance they walk in daily! Lord, sound the inner alarm in your children, wake them up from their slumber. Help us to see the warning signs and turn towards You with every fiber of our bodies! I’m sick and tired of just “playing church”. Give us revival in our lives and in our churches. Amen!
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
The Day of the Lord
5 Now, brothers and sisters, about times and dates we do not need to write to you, 2 for you know very well that the day of the Lord will come like a thief in the night. 3 While people are saying, “Peace and safety,” destruction will come on them suddenly, as labor pains on a pregnant woman, and they will not escape.
4 But you, brothers and sisters, are not in darkness so that this day should surprise you like a thief. 5 You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. 6 So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. 7 For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. 8 But since we belong to the day, let us be sober, putting on faith and love as a breastplate, and the hope of salvation as a helmet. 9 For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ. 10 He died for us so that, whether we are awake or asleep, we may live together with him. 11 Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.