Pastor Curtis Barber
       In Times Like These We Need to Fast and Pray
     My brothers and sisters, I do not have to tell you that we are living in troubling times.  To be honest they are more than troubling.  The Bible calls them perilous times (2 Tim 3:1).  On a global scale we are seeing calamity after calamity, devastation and lost of life unlike anything mankind has ever witnessed before.  We are seeing the genocide of people groups.  Hatred is being spewed in every corner of the earth.  Governments are in upheaval.  Corruption and immorality is running amok.  People are rebelling against the established order of things.  The structure of the family is being eroded away.  There is a generation who do not know the Lord.  People are tired, hurting, broken, without hope, and living in fear and with uncertainty.  People are in the grasps of great darkness.  This isn't just pertaining to the word, it is affecting the church as well.  That which is supposed to be salt and light is struggling to understand its purpose and maintain its identity.  The same brokenness and disillusionment is prevailing in the church.  I am persuaded that God is trying to get our attention.  I believe God has been speaking to us for some time now, but our sense of hearing has become dull and we no longer hear God.  Corruption and fornication have invaded the pulpits and God's people want a make me feel good message and want to get their praise on while living to their own standards and worshipping as they see fit, while neglecting the daily disciplines of Bible Study and prayer.  Hell is no longer being preached and the Christ of the Bible has been replaced with a Christ who wants to give us everything we want.  Holiness and separation is no longer deemed a mandate from God Himself.  While it may appear as if I am painting a grim picture, the Word of God yet speaks to those who will hear: "If my people which are called by my name, will 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."  (2 Chron 7:14-15).  In the time of trouble God has always moved upon the heart of someone to take up His cause and cry for the nation and for the people.  God has never left Himself without a witness.  Men like Ezra, Nehemiah, Josiah and others have in times past risen to shoulder the burden of the Lord and incite a revival amongst God's people.  We need a revival in the church today.  Is there not still a remnant of believers who will shoulder the burden of the Lord?  Is there not someone who understands the plight of the church and is willing to seek God and plead our cause?  The great men and women of God that have been instrumental in leading a revival have been people who had a heart for God and for His people.  They have seen the condition of His people, acknowledged the sins of the people and their own.  They have wept, repented, fasted and prayed, believing God would hear and answer.  God is waiting for us to shoulder the burden, to plead His cause, to weep, moan, repent, fast, and pray.  Let us join together in seeking the face of our God.  Let us be the light that shines bright.  Let us be the repairers of the breach.  Let us be that Holy Nation, that peculiar people, that royal priesthood we have been declared to be.  Let us by the power of the living God be the vessels He uses in 2019 to display His power and His glory.