Posts Tagged ‘intercession’

We all know the statistics showing the high rates of divorce, babies born out of wedlock, youth violence, and so on. Anyone who reads a local newspaper or watches the evening news will have to admit to the fact that America is in deep trouble.

Sanctity of life is no longer fought for and more often is legislated against. Our children have become uncontrollable beasts who murder without conscience and pornography has been piped into our homes for us and our children to view at the push of a button on the remote control.

We are no longer, the land of the free and home of the brave, but the land of deceit and home of depraved. Just as Israel of old, we too, have forgotten God and replaced him with our own golden calf. We have bowed down to the idols of humanism, secularism, and government control, and we have reaped the rewards of our actions.

When it comes to politics, Americans are divided on a variety of issues, but there is one thing on which almost everyone agrees regardless of their political affiliation: They don’t like Congress and would replace the entire membership if given the chance.

Will Rogers once said, “Congress meets tomorrow morning. Let us all pray: Oh Lord, give us strength to bear that which is about to be inflicted upon us. Be merciful with them, oh Lord, for they know not what they’re doing. Amen.”

When our nation’s Founders designed their plan for a more perfect union, they understood that the success of a modern republic would require more than a political document like the Constitution. Because of their study of history and knowledge of human nature, the Founders knew the pitfalls that plagued civilizations before this one. They concluded that the Constitution alone could not curb individual selfishness. They believed that virtues were necessary for sustaining the American experiment.

In today’s media-saturated America, everyone has an opinion – From Bill O’Reilly to Rush Limbaugh and everyone in between. There is no shortage of viewpoints. But how many of those perspectives bring us back to a place of a consistent life of freedom in America?

This year’s presidential election may be one of the most important in recent history. The outcome will determine whether we live under an overreaching administration that violates our constitutional rights or one that will promote the true freedom that our nation’s Founders envisioned.

The only way I see to attain true freedom is to seek God’s mercy with a repentant heart and pray that He will place the leader we need, and not the leader we want, in the White House.

Rather than just saying a general prayer for the candidate of your choice, I would like to challenge everyone reading this to commit to joining me in a 40 day morning to evening fast, beginning March 5th, and pray that God would appoint the leader that He desires – A leader who will have a heart for America and the World, with humility and a faithful spirit, like David.

I believe as a follower of Jesus, it is our responsibility to stand in the gap for our fellow Americans. Your involvement will help ensure, as President Abraham Lincoln said in The Gettysburg Address, “…that this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the Earth.”

The power of prayer should not be underestimated. James 5:16 declares, “Therefore confess your sins to each other and pray for each other so that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous man is powerful and effective.” James goes on to explain that, “Elijah was a man just like us. He prayed earnestly that it would not rain, and it did not rain on the land for three and a half years. Again he prayed, and the heavens gave rain, and the earth produced its crops.” (v. 17-18)

God listens to prayers, answers prayers, and moves in response to prayers. Jesus said, “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, ‘Move from here to there’ and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you.” (Matt.17:20)

Besides praying for our nation there are also other things you can do to promote a greater America:

  •   Get involved – Educate yourself about our national leaders and how they vote on key issues. Contact them about issues important to you and your family. Most members of Congress are easily reached by letter, phone or email, so take advantage of the privilege you have to become an active participant in American democracy.
  •  Vote – Let it be known to those who represent you that you do watch their actions and will vote accordingly. Politicians these days realize they are constantly running for re-election and that your vote matters, so encourage them when they do take action you agree with and politely speak up when you oppose their actions.

“I urge, then, first of all, that requests, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for everyone – for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.” (1 Timothy 2:1-4)

LORD, we pray for this election – that truths will be revealed and that each candidate focus on what they have to offer and give for America. Let no pride be found in our future leaders, but instill in them only a servant spirit. Amen.