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Insanity 2016, and the Cure part 1

January 9, 2016

What was will be again, what happened will happen again. There’s nothing new on this earth. Year after year it’s the same old thing. Does someone call out, “Hey, this is new”? Don’t get excited–it’s the same old story.
(Ecc 1:9-10 MSG)

 

‘One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh.
The law of circularity, or retrogression, an essential element of progress
The circle is the archetype of all forms, physically as well as mathematically.’

The events continue to point to a rudderless culture adrift and blown by the wind.

Some perspectives.

1973 – Richard Nixon resigns in disgrace with the threat of investigation from Congress, impeachment.

1973 – abortion access and support from the federal government via the supreme court ruling,  rapidly enables an estimated 50 million + mistakes – also known as unborn children to be murdered in the womb or even worse in the perverted jargon of partial birth abortion.

 

‘Science’ portrayed on new cable and TV networks, then on internet feeds promotes the idea that everything can be determined and solved  by science.  Comos, a popular series by Carl Sagan.

Increasing divorce, increasing wedlock, single parents, wearing down of the family,  not honoring what God has put together (Matt 19).

Distortion and weakening of truth (John 14:6),  continued attacks on the Word of God begun during Jesus’s ministry 2000 years ago.

What are we to do,  how can we respond and make a difference for God?

Could Prayer be the cure for the Christian?

EM Bounds thought so. http://prayerfoundation.org/prayer_tips_e_m_bounds.htm

Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying. 

While many private prayers, in the nature of things, must be short; while public prayers, as a rule, ought to be short and condensed; while there is ample room for and value put on ejaculatory prayer — yet in our private communions with God time is a feature essential to its value. Much time spent with God is the secret of all successful praying.  Prayer which is felt as a mighty force is the mediate or immediate product of much time spent with God.  Our short prayers owe their point and efficiency to the long ones that have preceded them. 

     The short prevailing prayer cannot be prayed by one who has not prevailed with God in a mightier struggle of long continuance.  Jacob’s victory of faith could not have been gained without that all-night wrestling.  God’s acquaintance is not made by pop calls.  God does not bestow his gifts on the casual or hasty comers and goers.  Much time with God alone is the secret of knowing him and of influence with him.  He yields to the persistency of a faith that knows him.  He bestows his richest gifts upon those who declare their desire for and appreciation of those gifts by the constancy as well as earnestness of their importunity. 

our purpose is to impress on our minds the necessity of being much alone with God…

     Christ, who in this as well as other things is our Example, spent many whole nights in prayer. His custom was to pray much.  He had his habitual place to pray.  Many long seasons of praying make up his history and character.  Paul prayed day and night.  It took time from very important interests for Daniel to pray three times a day.  David’s morning, noon, and night praying were doubtless on many occasions very protracted.  While we have no specific account of the time these Bible saints spent in prayer, yet the indications are that they consumed much time in prayer, and on some occasions long seasons of praying was their custom.

Luther said: “If I fail to spend two hours in prayer each morning, the devil gets the victory through the day. 

    The men who have most fully illustrated Christ in their character, and have most powerfully affected the world for him, have been men who spent so much time with God as to make it a notable feature of their lives.  Charles Simeon devoted the hours from four till eight in the morning to God. Mr. Wesley spent two hours daily in prayer.  He began at four in the morning. Of him, one who knew him well wrote: “He thought prayer to be more his business than anything else, and I have seen him come out of his closet with a serenity of face next to shining.” 

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