“Thus saith the Lord, ‘Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls.’ But they said, ‘We will not walk therein.’” — Jeremiah 6:16 (KJV)
I thank God for the United Ministerial Alliance of Liberty County, for through it I have come to know some of the local pastors and have found that many have a real desire to serve the community. Truly our community, the nation and the world need an old-time revival. We may worship in different ways, but I believe we can unite on this note: We need a visitation of God in our generation.
Just like Israel in our Bible reading, America is at a crossroads. Israel had a blessed beginning; God was with it. Neither Abraham nor his offspring were perfect, but God was working with them to fulfill His promises, for through them would come the messiah, Jesus Christ, the savior of the world.
Abraham, Moses, David — these men, who had served God in their time, were dead and gone. As members of the new generation came, they had new ideas, new ways and they found themselves so far from God’s hand of mercy that the Babylonian army was coming to destroy them! God’s desire was to prevent this, but the people would have to respond to the message.
“Stand and see” — open your eyes! It has been said that there is none so blind as the person who will not see. Let us not repeat the blindness of Israel. The crime, the evil, the sin — they refused to see the signs, and to believe that they had strayed far from God. I’m not trying to be a doomsday preacher, but we must open our eyes. The Newtown school shooting: 20 children and six adults ruthlessly massacred. The experts are scratching for the answer; one person even asked how God could allow this to happen. But the church’s eyes were closed many years ago when our Supreme Court expelled God, his Bible and prayer from school.
There is a little song many of us know called, “Give Me That Old Time Religion.” This is what God was telling Israel, and this is what we need today. Revival is not going to come my way, or your way, but God’s way. And God’s way is the “Old Paths.” The old path is a path of prayer. The old saints did not have anything compared to the luxuries and conveniences we have today, but they knew how to pray. Daddy Seymour, the initiator of the Pentecostal religious movement, and others tarried days for the outpouring of the Holy Spirit until, in 1906 at Azusa Street in Los Angeles, the fire fell, and revival spread to all five continents.
I am excited to sense that same spirit of prayer in this new year. God wants to do it again. Everyone reading this can pray and be united as a community of prayer. From these prayers, God will lead us in a revival that will shake the world. The old paths are love, righteousness, purity and devotion to Jesus, our savior and soon coming king.
May 2013 find your feet firmly planted in these old paths, praying and following this Lord, who truly will show us the way.
Bradeen is Pastor of House of Prayer Christian Church and a member of the United Ministerial Alliance.