In the past couple of weeks, I’ve heard a lot of disturbing things about the state of the world in general, and of our country in particular. And, since Election Day happens to be this week, I figured this was as good a time as any to post this.
Fact is, we need to pray for this country. In earnest. Not just a “Please help this country, God” kind of prayer that only happens one time after someone tells you to pray, and maybe in a month or two when you remember that you were supposed to pray. (And believe me, I’m really bad about doing that.) We need to get on our knees and pray for this country day after day, as persistently as a spoiled cat that is hungry and wants fed even though he just got fed two hours ago. And not Vaguely, either. (Cats don’t run around whining that they’re hungry. They come and sit in your face and say FEED ME. That’s specific.) This country has specific needs, and we need to specifically pray for them, day after day after day.
We need to humble ourselves before God Almighty and ask for His forgiveness, for our country, for the church, and for ourselves. We have wandered so far from Him! We have become a nation of murderers, thieves, idolaters, adulterers, and liars. We have become a lukewarm church, and a people apathetic towards eternal things and passionate about temporal things. I tremble to think what will happen when we stand before God!
If you read any amount of the Old Testament, you see time and time again places where God destroyed nations because of their wickedness. Even Israel, whom He brought out of Egypt and for whom He lovingly picked out a fruitful homeland, whom He built up and blessed. When Israel stubbornly rebelled against God, He allowed the surrounding countries to invaade, destroy, and enslave them.
We’re no different from Israel. God brought us out of Britain (and other countries) and placed us on a totally different continent where we could flourish. America was founded on a solid faith in the One True God. Our government and our laws were built around that faith. We were once His people. And we have fallen so far! What used to be condemned as evil is now not only approved, but used to persecute the Christians who dare to stand up against it. And just as God allowed Israel to be destroyed, so we are on a course that is only headed for destruction.
Now is the time for action. Now is the time for the church to wake up, before it is too late. Now is the time for all who call themselves by the name of Christ to pray in earnest. Now is the time for us to seek God, while He may yet be found, and to call upon Him while He is yet near.
God convicted me a couple weeks ago that I need to pray for this country and for the church. I have not always been very good about doing it, (and there are days when “prayer ADD” kicks in) but my goal is that every morning I should get down on my knees and plead for this nation. To pray for the church, that all who call themselves by the name of Christ would also be convicted and seek God in spirit and truth, that God would get a hold of those who think they are Christians but don’t really understand what it means, and that they, too, would be counted among the faithful when the end comes, that the church would reach out to the unsaved in this country, and lastly, that if need be He would use me to reach people.
Now I’m asking you to join me in pleading for our nation, but more importantly, for the individuals within this nation who are still so very lost. I know prayer is not easy. Hey, it’s something I’ve really struggled with all my life! But we cannot afford to neglect it any longer. We must learn the persistence of a hungry cat, the persistence of the widow in Luke 18. (Or the persistence of a mosquito, if that gives you a clearer mental image.) Will you pray? Persistently and consistently and sincerely for repentance and revival in this nation, this church, and in yourself?
To wrap this all up, I refer you to Isaiah 55:6-7:
Seek the Lord while He may be found; call upon Him while He is near; let the wicked forsake his way, and the unrighteous man his thoughts; let him return to the Lord, that He may have compassion on him, and to our God, for He will abundantly pardon.
So I am asking you: will you join me? Let us earnestly seek God before it is too late.
If My people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land. – 2 Chronicles 7:14