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It's Time To Pray

Updated: Sep 8, 2021

Sharon Lackey

Today mark's the annual day of honoring the persecuted Saints - June 29.

“If my people who are called by My name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin and will heal their land.” 2 Chronicles 7:14

When I was a young girl, I learned a song called “It’s Time to Pray.” Today I was reminded of the words to this song after a dear friend and brother in the Lord poured out his heart, to a small fellowship group, the battles he is currently, and quite often engaged in as a leader and pastor of the Church. On hearing his heart, I wanted to weep. Later, when I was on my own praying for him and the ministry, I was reminded of the words to this song. I was unable to find the original words, so they are written as I remember them.

Enemies increase around us we can’t drop our guard,

Problems here at home confound us in our own backyards,

Troubles unrelenting hound us making living hard,

It’s time to pray!

It’s time to pray to the God who watches o’er us,

It’s time to seek His help without delay,

The world is dark for the clouds of war still threaten,

It’s time for all America to pray!

If we would keep the flag of freedom flying

Secure the peace for which we all are trying (or dying)

It’s time to pray our sins and wrong confessing,

It’s time for all America to pray!

It’s time for all true born-again indwelt believers to rise up and pray, especially for those who lead us. Where would we be without their continual sacrifice and selflessness to us, the body of Christ?

Years ago, when I came to this ministry—IOM America, I was convicted about supporting the ministry financially after reading the following Scriptures:

“But by an equality, that now at this time your abundance may supply their lack, that their abundance also may supply your lack—that there may be equality” (2 Cor. 8:14)

“Let him who is taught the word share in all good things with him who teaches. Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, that he will also reap. For he who sows to his flesh will reap corruption, but he who sows to the Spirit will of the Spirit reap everlasting life. And let us not grow weary while doing good, for in due season we shall reap if we do not lose heart. Therefore, as we have opportunity, let us do good to all, especially to those who are of the household of faith” (Gals. 6:6-10).

From the teachings, writings, prayers, mentoring, and friendship I have received from IOM America, the Lord showed me that my lack was being supplied by the abundance of all those involved in this ministry. So, from out of the abundance of my supply, I started sharing.