A Call to Action from Jay Cory, CEO of Phoenix Rescue Mission, for the National Day of Prayer on May 5, 2016
We are facing perilous times both at home and abroad. A tsunami of evil is sweeping the globe with terrorism, violence, and persecution on the rise. The whole world seems to be spiraling downward and our leaders have lost their moral compass and appear determined to be guide us further away from God. I am reminded of Isaiah 5:20 “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter!” Every day we see firsthand the rapidly increasing demand for our services and the devastating impact of issues like addiction, abuse, violence, and poverty. Men, women, and families come to us daily with few resources and little knowledge of how to succeed. Federal remedial programs appear to be more interested in creating lasting dependency rather than empowerment towards self-sufficiency.
The good news is that there is hope, but we must act and we must act now! On October 3, 1863, President Abraham Lincoln issued a thanksgiving proclamation to the American people. President Lincoln clearly recognized the primary cause of our nation’s problem was that we had turned our back on God. He also recognized that the primary solution to our nation’s problems was to turn our face towards Him. We as believers have access through Jesus Christ to the most powerful force in the universe – God. In Hebrews 4:16 we learn that we can “come boldly to the throne of grace that we may obtain mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” In Jesus’ teaching on prayer in Matthew 6, not once did He say “if you pray” but repeatedly said “when you pray.” We have the most powerful tool ever known to mankind, but we must use it. Please don’t sit on the sidelines and just complain about all the problems. Pray! Seek God’s will and take action!
God desire is for each of us to have a healthy, thriving prayer life. He is always more ready to hear us that we are to pray. He knows our needs even before we ask and is well aware of our ignorance in not making proper requests. Prayer helps us come in line with God's will for our lives. Through prayer we adopt an attitude of dependent trust which is ready to receive God's gifts and to yield in open trust and praise to His demands. Prayer is communion, not a battering ram used to break down the door to get to God's treasure house. It is where the child of the Father receives that which He is already prepared to give.
As the world and our nation appear to be spiraling downward, I believe that God is giving us opportunity to rise up and meet the challenge. I believe that He is guiding us to take back key centers of influence and to make great societal impact. Refining pressure removes impurities and produces diamonds. The world’s (man’s) ways simply do not work and the problems continue to compound. In Luke 10:2, Jesus says “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
Phoenix Rescue Mission’s vision is to see “a community mobilized to transform lives and end hunger and homelessness.” There are numerous ways you can partner with us but the greatest is prayer. Please pray for the Phoenix Rescue Mission as we seek to be the best tool we can be in the hands of God.
"Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." - 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18