” Perilous Times and Prayer ” by Thetus Tenney.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come” (II Timothy 3:1).
As I sit safely and comfortably in my home, I am fully aware that the situation could change at any moment. Danger lurks in our schools, our streets, office buildings, airplanes—even in the air we breathe. Reading the daily newspaper proves the point. The old song, No Hiding Place Down Here, could well be a theme song for our time.
In a past conversation, Brother Tom Barnes said, “If ever we needed to tune into prayer, it is now. Terrorism could make the sanctification through prayer of our food a necessity. The operation of the gifts of the Spirit may become a necessity to even know where to go and when to go,because of the danger of terrorism around us. God revealed the position of the enemy to the prophet. Prayer will become a necessity as we face what the future will bring.Even if our need becomes personally great, God is able to multiply bread by the miraculous gifts of the Spirit. Even if we are scattered and alone, God will work through us. Prayer is the access into the super natural power of God and we need it now more than ever before.” (Scriptural references: I Timothy 4:5; II Kings 2:14; II Kings 4:38-44; II Kings 6:8-12; Romans 1:11-12.)
We are instructed not to be terrified when we hear of wars and commotions, but to take heed to ourselves, be alert not unaware of pending dangers that stealthily come as a hidden snare.
“Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass”(Luke 21:9, 34-36).
Living in times of high alert can have negative and positive effects. Too long on high alert can numb us to surrounding danger. It can also dull our senses to the awesome possibilities of spiritual intervention. High alert can be a time of bringing people to their spiritual senses, causing them to go to God in prayer.
These are stressful times with a lot of uncertainty, but II Chronicles 7:14-15 is still true:
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.”
Danger intervened by prayer—who knows how many times.
Watch, therefore, and pray alway.
The Pentecostals of Alexandria
(Information from: The Praying Life Newsletter – World Network of Prayer – firstname.lastname@example.org)