Today is the National Day of Prayer. But will God hear our prayers? The Bible teaches that God hears the prayers of the righteous. But, the prayers of the wicked are an abomination to him. More than a National Day of Prayer, America needs a National Day of Repentance.
The story of Eli is a prism through which we can see the modern American Church. Because Eli tolerated sin in the temple, over 34,000 Israelites died, the ark of the covenant was stolen, and Shiloh–the major worship center in Israel–became ruins. His daughter-in-law died giving birth to a son, Ichabod, whose name means, “The glory [of God] is departed.”
Today, the American church engages in the exact same sins as Eli and his sons. Many churches employ bishops, pastors, deacons, or other ministers who sexually sin. Though the other leaders know about the sin, they do nothing. Do we think that we can sin this way, and then ask God to send revival, or to bless us? He never will! May the Lord stir this country to repentance, before he brings judgment on America as he did on Shiloh!