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A Study of Dispensationalism
by Arthur Pink

"But there is further reason, and a pressing one today, why we should write upon our present subject, and that is to expose the modern and pernicious error of Dispensationalism. This is a device of the Enemy, designed to rob the children of no small part of that bread which their heavenly Father has provided for their souls; a device wherein the wily serpent appears as an angel of light, feigning to "make the Bible a new book" by simplifying much in it which perplexes the spiritually unlearned. It is sad to see how widely successful the devil has been by means of this subtle innovation."

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Pray for America
Amanda Krystaponis  | Prayer is crucial for the success of America

When was the last time you sat down and prayed for our country and its leaders? After hearing the insults fired back and forth during the election campaigns, I realized once again the immense need for prayer in America. We should be a beacon shining throughout the world, but without God we can do nothing.

Prayer is crucial for the success of America. We know that our senators, judges, and other leaders are not perfect. They can, and often do, make wrong decisions. If this is so obvious, then why don't we pray for them? Some say that a few prayers won't make a difference. However, the Psalms are full of God's promises to hear the cries of His people. For instance, Psalm 145:19 says that "He will fulfill the desire of them that fear Him; He also will hear their cry and will save them." Psalm 34 includes the following examples: "I sought the LORD, and He heard me, and delivered me from all my fears." "This poor man cried out, and the LORD heard him, and saved him out of all his troubles." "The eyes of the LORD are upon the righteous, and His ears are open to their cry." "The righteous cry out, and the LORD hears them, and delivers them out of all their troubles."

Another excuse is that there are other, more effective ways to help. James 5:16b asserts that "the effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much." Nothing can be more effective than going to the Ruler and Judge of all creation. In Psalm 2 we are told that the kings of the earth who set themselves and the rulers who take counsel against the LORD and against His Anointed will be broken with a rod of iron and be dashed in pieces like a potter's vessel. Therefore, we should plead that our leaders will indeed "serve the LORD with fear, and rejoice with trembling" (verse 11 ).

Many of us, including myself, recognize the problems of our country but "don't have the time" to do anything about them. God has commanded us to pray continuously; we should take time out of our busy lives to go before the face of God in prayer. It is very clear in 1 Timothy 2:1-2 that we, as Christians, should intercede for all men, especially for those who are in authority over us. Paul tells us that we are seated in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus and that through Him we have access to the Father {Ephesians 2:6, 18). God has allowed us to live in His presence, but with that privilege comes a responsibility. Hebrews 4:16 instructs us to come boldly to the throne of grace. Later on in Hebrews we are told to have "boldness to enter the Holiest by the blood of Jesus." In Genesis 18 we see Abraham interceding on behalf of Lot. God had clearly already determined to save Lot {otherwise His plan would have been thwarted by Abraham), yet He allowed Abraham to play a part in His plan by "negotiating" with Him. Likewise, God permits and enables us to assist Him in accomplishing His purposes. Christ is our ultimate example of intercession in that He constantly acts as our Mediator. In the same' way we should intercede for others, but especially for those in authority over us.

Prayer is a wonderful privilege, but it is also a great responsibility. God has not only commanded us to pray and given us examples of intercession, He also has promised us that He will hear our prayers.

"Therefore, I exhort first of all that supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks be made for all men, for kings and all who are in authority." 1 Timothy 2:1-2


   

 

 
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