Last night my wife and I, along with several hundred of our closest friends did something that I think every church should be doing in large groups these days: Praying for our nation.
Yes, dear reader, we went straight home from work, skipped dinner, and went straight to church where we spent the next 90 minutes praising God for His immeasurable blessing on our land, preservation and prosperity for our families, employment for those out of work or underemployed, and most importantly, that our missions will spread the Good News of salvation in Jesus Christ to a world desperately in need of it.
We are the remnant of those in America who still believe in the effectiveness of fervent prayer to a loving God who wants us to prosper and be obedient to Him. There are, thankfully, lots of us out there but we tend to shy away from outward displays like this these days. We live in a comfortably sinful society. We have put God on the back burner. It’s that independent streak we tend to have. God created us this way, and this is what we have done with the choices He allowed us to have.
It’s important for us to know that our unchanging, ever-merciful God still wants first place in our hearts and minds. Once we realize He is our only hope, through His Son Jesus, we will come to the reality that He is our only defense:
if my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land. 2 Chronicles 7:14
It’s sad for me to see so many who call themselves Christian struggling to see where they stand with Almighty God. Look at the passage I just wrote. It is a promise from God to us that if we do these things He will bless our whole country!
I wrote the other day that God is not mocked. When we refuse to do this, we have made a conscious choice to live in rebellion against Him. Unfortunately, no one in politics, or the culture of the world say that they believe this. In fact, the enemies of Christians throughout the world think they’re doing the world a favor by murdering believers in Jesus. They call peace-loving deliverers of His Gospel of Hope and Peace infidels. Our politics in this day and age resemble nothing of what Jesus said we should take to the world, yet we eat it up!
This is the world today. The world’s economy. Not mine, and it need not be yours. Come to Him, put His love to the test by doing what His Word says to do. I did and I have never regretted it a moment. You won’t either.
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:4-7
To those who have put too much faith in the world and its politics, its economy and, perhaps, derived some measure of success from it, know this: The power of the Living God, manifested through groups of true believers praying in unity for this wonderful land of ours, this gift from God, is an unstoppable force which will preserve our land as His truth is revealed.
Join us and see for yourselves.