A CALL TO PRAYER
Joash,Jehoiada, Revival. Jehoiada dies. Joash allows idols. War. Locust. God’s wrath. Joel the prophet calls nation torepentance. We, too, are living in anemergency hour.
I. There is a Weakening of theConsciousness of Sin
a. In our personal lives.
b. In our homes.
c. In society.
d. In business.
e. In politics.
f. In the Church
II. Many Church Members Manifest aTerrible Indifference to the Claims of Jesus Christ and His Cause
a. We take all He has to give us, butgive little or nothing in return.
b. We claim the blood regeneration andact as though we had never even heard of the blood.
III. There is a Lowering of MoralStandards
a. The Church is conforming to theworld. Lax standards of morality – ofmarriage vows. Filthy movies, music,literature, video games, etc.
b. The Ten Commandments have not beenrepealed. The Sermon on the Mount isstill the law of the King.
IV. There is a Blighting lack of Passionand Compassion for Lost Souls
a. No weeping mothers, no burdenedfathers, no praying deacons or elders, no agonizing Sunday school teachers, noanxious church members, no all night prayer meetings.
b. No intense driving, longingcompulsion to see souls saved. It is outof style to weep, and shout in the church.
V. Sinners are Coldly Indifferent toTheir Desperate Condition
a. The Gospel has become a mockery, abyword, because of us.
b. Our lack of compassion fails to warnsinners.
VI. Here is God’s Appeal to Us(Vs.15-19): A Call to Prayer
a. It is a universal call – topreachers, to deacons and elders, to men, to women, to children, to babes inarms.
b. It is a call to repentance.
c. It is a call to confession (Ps. 32:1-3).
d. It is a call to dedication: “Sanctify the congregation.”
e. It is a call to prayer.
f. It is universal.
g. Supplication and intercession areinvolved.
VII. Promised Results
a. A return of the Lord.
b. Overcoming OBstacles.
c. Showering of blessings.
d. Visitation of the Holy Spirit.
Adapted fromHyman Appleman, Preached By Pastor Jim Nicholson 1/30/2011