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Looking at the 3rd chapter of Luke, a contemporary application of the prophecy fulfilled in the ministry of John the Baptist struck me. Verses 4-6 read,

“As it is written in the book of the words of Isaiah the prophet,

‘The voice of one crying in the wilderness:

“Prepare the way of the Lord,

    make his paths straight.

Every valley shall be filled,

    and every mountain and hill shall be made low,

and the crooked shall become straight,

    and the rough places shall become level ways,

 and all flesh shall see the salvation of God.’”

This is what we desperately need in America and in other countries in these days. This needs to be a matter of serious prayer. We need to be listening to God and watching to see what He is doing. And there are preparations that we need God to make in us. We need God to prepare our hearts and our culture for His work in our lives and country. He may very well raise up prophets whose words would cut us to the heart. He might also have to do more radical things in the economy and in our lives to get our attention. 

When I read this I think of a freeway built through the mountains. We have flown through mountain passes on the freeway without even considering what went into making the way for us. It took weeks and weeks for pioneers to make it over the mountains in wagons. Our modern automobiles would never get through.

We need God to smooth out the rough by ways of our thinking, to dynamite our cultural mountains, to straighten out crooked paths, to build up the prayer lives of His people for Him to bring revival to our nation.

Such cultural demolition and construction may not be revival itself, but the necessary preparation for all people to see the salvation offered by our God.

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