Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a reproach to any people (Proverbs 14:34). I urge you, first of all, to pray for all people. Ask God to help them; intercede on their behalf, and give thanks for them. Pray this way for kings and all who are in authority so that we can live peaceful and quiet lives marked by godliness and dignity. This is good and pleases God our Savior, who wants everyone to be saved and to understand the truth (1 Timothy 2:1-4).
Twice in the last several days I’ve been awakened with a strong burden to pray for our nation. It happened again this morning. When I woke up, I was already praying for our country. The prayer started in my sleep! Friends, something is up and we need to seek God for the future of this nation.
Jesus said that a house divided against itself cannot stand. The political and civil dialogue is becoming more and more heated. Passions are strong. This is a democracy. The problem is that as a whole we have left God Almighty out of our plans to solve problems, and out of our future as a nation (I’m speaking in broad generalities here). And as people oppose each other in opinion on how to solve the deep issues of our day, division and strong dissention occurs. The flesh can get really ugly.
Listen to this quote from John Adams in 1798 as he addresses the military: We have no government armed with power capable of contending with human passions unbridled by morality and religion. Avarice, ambition, revenge, or gallantry, would break the strongest cords of our Constitution as a whale goes through a net. Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. It is wholly inadequate to the government of any other.*
I am being alerted by the Holy Spirit to pray for a reason. I want to encourage you to join me in prayer for our country. Pray for our president, our congressmen and senators. Command the demonic forces seeking to bring civil strife to our country to back off. Command the demonic forces that are seeking to hinder our freedoms to back off and desist in Jesus’ name!
Above all, pray with millions who are praying for a spiritual awakening in our nation. It’s the only chance that I see for our nation to be saved from absolute ruin. Remember 2 Chronicles 7:14(NLT): Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.
I’ll leave you with a prayer that’s been widely circulated supposedly prayed by Billy Graham for our country. I’ve decided to place it here because it clearly addresses our national need. Thanks for praying with me:
Heavenly Father, we come before you today to ask your forgiveness and to seek your direction and guidance. We know Your Word says, ‘Woe to those who call evil good,’ but that is exactly what we have done. We have lost our spiritual equilibrium and reversed our values. We have exploited the poor and called it the lottery. We have rewarded laziness and called it welfare.. We have killed our unborn and called it choice. We have shot abortionists and called it justifiable. We have neglected to discipline our children and called it building self esteem. We have abused power and called it politics.. We have coveted our neighbor’s possessions and called it ambition. We have polluted the air with profanity and pornography and called it freedom of expression. We have ridiculed the time-honored values of our forefathers and called it enlightenment. Search us, Oh God, and know our hearts today; cleanse us from every sin and Set us free. Amen!’