I was a little unfortunate to have set off an alarm today. After attempt upon attempt to disarm it the way I had been shown, I began to lose hope of ever silencing it. And it was LOUD. Finally it went quiet, and all was at peace again, but I recognized something significant - nothing took precedence over getting it to stop while the noise was raging. It was the only focus at hand.
What alarms you? Rather, what should alarm you? I have felt a conviction lately that I don't spend enough of my conversations with the Lord in intercession for unborn babies to be able to live. I don't spend enough time pleading on behalf of those giving their lives in other countries because they claim the same faith that I am free to do here. I don't spend enough time on my knees fighting for those who are fighting for my freedom to do so. I don't spend enough time looking up for my Savior's return...and in turn crying out for the lost who will mourn at His coming.
Have we become desensitized to the alarms screaming to us from the Word? We may have been jolted before by an urgency to fast and pray for our lost loved ones, for our indifferent and divided nation, but has the jolt lost its effect? Or perhaps we have just stopped our ears because we haven't seen the change for which we had hoped.
The prophet Joel spoke the Word of the Lord during a time in which bad had turned to worse for the kingdom of Judah. Their crops had been destroyed by locusts to the point that even the animals were suffering from hunger. He cried out for the people to "Blow the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain!" He pleaded for the priests and the people to weep, fast and pray. There attention had been obtained by their circumstances, because sadly it takes desperate situations to spawn desperation within us.
I don't want it to take a piercing noise to cause me to be alarmed by the hurt and suffering I see around me. I don't want to wait until someone hears what the Spirit is saying on my behalf and then yells at me until I figure out that I should probably be praying. I want to be sensitive and hear Him; I want what breaks His heart to crush mine to the point that I cannot help but cry out to Him about it.
The day of the Lord is nearer than it has ever been. Be alarmed for those who are not ready. Pray.
Father, thank You for the illustration that stirred me today through that alarm. Thank You for helping me realize how I turn down the volume of what should be on my heart in intercession. Forgive me. In Jesus' Name. Amen.
Joel 1-2, Luke 21:28, Galatians 6:2