Prayer was removed from our schools in 1963.
There it is ^^ in one sentence. They removed prayer in an effort to remove the Creator from schools. And what has been the net result? You are seeing it in the headlines. As with everything else, the Lord did not send lightning strikes, hail and thunder the next day to punish this nation. No, He waited. It has now been 55 years since they made that fatal mistake and look at our schools. Schools have been transformed from places of learning to violence ridden indoctrination centers.
This country and most of the world has made effort after effort to remove the Lord God from every possible corner of our public space from school house to court house. Now we see schools turned into killing fields and a "justice" system riddled with corruption from the top down.
What did the Almighty say?
Isaiah 48:22 "There is no peace," says the LORD, "for the wicked."
The evidence speaks for itself. The not so United States is tearing itself apart at the seams. Peace is nowhere to be found, violence and strife are everywhere.
Gal 6:7 Do not be deceived: God cannot be mocked. A man reaps what he sows.
Not only does a man reap what he sows, cities, counties, nations also reap what they sow. Apostasy and wickedness is what has been sown and now the harvest has appeared and people still have puzzled looks on their faces, "how did this happen?" they ask when the answer is staring them in the face.
All of this ^^ is the problem. What is the solution? I'm not sure there is a solution for the nations of this world, the Lord told us what is coming and depending on what His timeline is, we could be right on the brink of things getting much much worse. However........
While His Church is still on this earth (we living stones-the Church- not concrete monuments built by men for men), we can pray. The Spirit of the Lord is answering prayers and moving mountains day in and day out all around us. We must pray for the Lord's protection over our children. We fight the good fight of faith while we are on this earth:
1 Tim 6:12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
While we are here, we are to continue asking, continue knocking, continue seeking our Lord's will be done here on earth just as it is in heaven. We are to pray about everything we care about, all the time. "Well brother D, that sounds like a lot of praying because there are many things I would like to see done!" And you would be right, which is why brother D uses an excel spreadsheet (yes, not kidding) to list all my requests and prayers to the Lord. When something comes to mind or spirit, it goes on the sheet. There are so many requests it is hard to keep track of them without writing them down somewhere. You can use paper if you want to, but yes the Lord knows how to read spreadsheets as well :P
This brother has a testimony for you and that testimony has not changed. Our God answers prayer. Our God performs miracles and He does both of these actively TODAY. No, He does not always answer us when we want Him to, He decides when to answer. We get to ask for the "what" in prayer. He gets to answer both "when" and "how" He wants to. When people don't get the "when" and "how" they wanted they chalk that up to no answer. That would be wrong, they just didn't get the when and how they wanted but the Lord did answer. Sometimes the answer is yes-here it is now, sometimes its no-full stop, sometimes its yes-but you are going to have to wait for it. People don't like "no" and they do not like to wait. Sometimes people also do not like the "how" our Lord answers. We asked for request "A", but instead it looks like we received answer "B, C or D" instead. Again, answers "B, C or D" are all answers and we may not like them in the short term but we have to ask the Lord why in His infinite wisdom and power He answered us in the way He did. Almost always, in time, He will tell us.
The Lord uses time as an effective tool to work out His will on this earth. We see this in the school shootings. Why did the Lord not turn the schools into killing fields over night? Because in 1963, the spiritual state of the population at large was not in state of decay it is now. Why does that matter? Because light drives out darkness, every time without fail. If there is enough light in a room the only place for darkness to hide is in little bitty crevices and corners of the room. As the light is taken away, the darkness advances out of the corners and crevices into the room.
The good news is we are the light that drives out darkness.
Matt 5:13 Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? it is thenceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of men.
14Ye are the light of the world. A city that is set on an hill cannot be hid. 15Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house. 16Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.
Salt preserves and light drives out darkness.
All around us we hear people telling us we need to "get involved" with the corrupt political system to "make a difference." When the enemy hears that he laughs. What the enemy does not laugh at is when we get on our knees and pray.....
2 Cor 10:4 For the weapons of our warfare are not fleshly, but divinely powerful toward the demolition of strongholds,
Eph 6:12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.
If we want to make a difference we need to pray. Our God answers prayer, period.
James 5:16......The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.
What does that ^^ mean? It means prayer works.
Matt 16:19 I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven."
Our Lord has given us every spiritual weapon we need ^^ to be effective against the problems we face on this earth. Our problems are not based in flesh and blood....
Read the story of this kid who shot up the Florida school, he said he heard demonic voices.
How many school shootings did we see prior to 1963 (before prayer was taken out of school) where kids reported hearing demonic voices telling them to shoot up their school? Zero, case closed and court adjourned.
grace and peace