The headlines are out of control. Texas sees the first Ebola patient who then dies and two hospital workers contract it. A plague outbreaks in Colorado, a rare enterovirus infects 500 children, a town sees its water source poisoned and empties the shelves of water at the grocery store, the U.S. government refuses to secure the borders or close the airports even though 30 countries do it (Good News: Nigeria ended Ebola crisis there), the U.S. develops stricter protocols for Ebola and discover there are only 11 hospitals beds able to contain it (Update: TX opened a place able to house 10 more patients), and the President announces plans to send 4,000 troops to fight Ebola despite concerns from military and medical professionals.
In a modern, industrialized country that used rely on its sovereignty and ability to isolate from the world, we have become porous and vulnerable to the problems and evils of the rest of the world. Americans and their government are learning how a globalized society will mean contact with the good and the bad of every other society.
The media is reporting and while it is their job, most people cannot deny that the scales long ago tipped in favor of sensationalism. If it sparkles, if it yells, if it bleeds, if it cries, they will report it.
People are becoming frightened. What if the CDC is just covering up and lying that Ebola really is airborne? They say.
I have friends making comments on facebook that are fear, paranoia, and common sense driven. I even saw a girl threatening to unfriend people for postings about Ebola. She has small children.
God has an answer to terrible disasters (Isaiah 40:28, Proverbs 3:5-6, Deuteronomy 7:9). God sets up nations and he sets up kings in them (Daniel 2:21, Psalm 75:7). God has a plan and a purpose and he wants us to align with him (Jeremiah 29:11, Psalm 8:3-4, Luke 12:28).
Are you releasing heaven over these situations?
Are you joining with anyone in prayer (Hebrews 10:25)? Have you taken the time to really commit yourself to prayer about any of these topics?
Who do you pray with? Where is your small or large group of people you gather with to release your fears, worries, and prayers (Acts 2:46)?
I am so grateful that God allowed me to become more closely knit into a prayer group for this time. I am able to release everything in prayer with others. I get to feel supported and know that I am not alone as I stand against the things that would threaten to destroy us.
I do believe I was created for such a time as this. I do believe that I was meant to be alive at this precise moment to let out these precise prayers (Matthew 6:10).
I know I belong in this fight because everything I read makes me angry and ready to declare. I don’t ever want to cringe and hide. I want to go to war. I want to fight in the heavenly places and demand that the evil agenda of the enemy STOP.
I know that America has committed many sins but this is why we can repent and ask for forgiveness (2 Chronicles 7:14). We must not accept that God desires our destruction but rather we must ask him to be merciful and not let us reap these things sown (James 5:15, Luke 18:1, 1 Thessalonians 5:17). We are not orphans with a distant and angry God (John 14:18). We are his children and we must reach out to him.
Please join me to pray and fast for our nation. I don’t believe the time to give up and retreat into the bunkers is now. We must be watchmen on the wall of this nation and cry out to God (Isaiah 62:6).