When the World’s Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

Wars and rumors of wars. Persecutions. Plagues. Disasters. I have to admit I’ve been having a bit of a tough time knowing how to pray for as I watch the world churn. And I can’t be the only one. And when I read that “all these are but the beginning of birth pains” (Matthew 24:8), I find little consolation. If all this must come to pass, how on earth do I pray?

Pray for Peace

Now, what’s the point of that, you may wonder, if you’re convinced we’re nearing the end of the world as we know it? First, you don’t know when the end will come. No one does.

But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.
– Matthew 24:36

Second, we’re commanded to seek peace (Psalm 34:14; Matthew 5:9) as those who serve a God of order (1 Corinthians 14:33). And third, God asks us to pray a very specific prayer of peace.

Pray for the peace of Jerusalem: they shall prosper that love you.
– Psalm 122:6

God commands us to pray for Israel and promises to bless those who do. I desire obedience, and I appreciate a blessing, so count me in. This is not a political statement but a spiritual reality.

Pray for the Gospel to Reach the World

When we finally stand before God’s throne, we will worship with people of every nation, tribe and tongue (Revelation 7:9). And because we know “faith comes from hearing, and hearing from the word of God” (Romans 10:17), this requires boots on the ground.

Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.
– Matthew 9:38

Pray for Bibleless peoples, and pray for the missionaries who serve them. Pray for organizations such as New Tribes Mission, Wycliffe Bible Translators, The Seed Co., the International Mission Board and other organizations that are scrambling to reach the remaining 180 million people who don’t have a Bible in their native tongue. Such prayer sets the stage for a glorious grand entrance of a glorious Savior.

This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.
– Matthew 24:14

Pray for the Perseverance of the Saints

Christians tend to overestimate their ability to withstand temptation. Me, give in to some beautiful woman who asked me to taste forbidden fruit? Wouldn’t have happened, and we’d never be in the mess we’re in today. Me, run when troops came to arrest Jesus and then deny Him? Nope, no post-resurrection restoration would have been needed here.

Truth is, we’re all weak, which is why we need God’s strength. No one will need it more than those living in the last days.

Many false prophets will arise and will mislead many. Because lawlessness is increased, most people’s love will grow cold. But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved.
– Matthew 24:11-13

Pray now for them. They could be among your descendants – or perhaps even among the people you know and love.

Pray for God’s Mercy

The approaching tribulation will be a time of incomprehensible suffering. Jesus Himself said so.

How dreadful it will be in those days for pregnant women and nursing mothers! Pray that your flight will not take place in winter or on the Sabbath. For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.
– Matthew 24:19-21

Pray for God’s mercy upon people living in those dark times. Pray as if you are praying for yourself. You may be. Or maybe not. But if the end is soon upon us, may it find us upon well-worn knees.

4 thoughts on “When the World’s Going to Hell in a Hand Basket

  1. Cheri you are so gifted. God has created in you a truthful stand in how we are to look to Him through His word & how we are to live in this world. I thank you for helping me see more clearly God’s truth & promises. You are a blessing & may He continue to use you as a tool for His glory.

  2. A very timely word sister, thank you.

    As regarding the timing of the coming of the King back up four verses and we read these words from the lips of the Saviour, “Now learn this lesson from the fig tree: As soon as its twigs get tender and its leaves come out, you know that summer is near. Even so, when you see all these things, you know that it is near, right at the door.” Matthew 24:32,33.

    The context of these verses tell us that when we see a convergance of all the signs Jesus spoke of we know His return is near. Not the day or hour but certainly the season. We are now witnessing daily the accelerated manifestation of all the signs Christ detailed.

    Your encouragement for us to be humble, prayerful and watchful could not be more spot on.

    Blessings in Him,

    Francis MacDonald
    Nova Scotia, Canada.