Monday, August 2, 2010

Week 6, Day 1 - Pray For Our Country (Part 2)

2 Chronicles 7:13-14

Last week, I ended with the thought that even though God controls who is in power and how a country is succeeding, God still wants us to participate and pray for our country. Today, I want to look at a promise that God gave to the Israelites when Solomon finished building the temple that we can pray over our country. Even though this was a promise given to Israel, it is still a promise that we can pray for when we pray over our country. Please look up 2 Chronicles 7:13-14.

This blog is not going to be a political rant on decisions that have been made because rants do not fix anything. I will say that we do not pray enough for our country (myself included). Each year, we celebrate the national day of prayer which is a wonderful opportunity to have a national corporate prayer for our country; however, we need to remember to pray for our country more than once a year. When the national day of prayer was created, it was to remind people of the importance of praying for our beautiful country. If you spend any time watching the news, things change in this country quickly and we need to be in constant prayer. We need to pray for the safety of our country and that the people who live in our country will learn of the hope they have in Christ. We need to pray for the safety of our troops in other countries. We need to pray that those who follow Christ can have the strength and courage to stand up for what is right without a judgmental heart and attitude. We need to pray for the people that are unable to find a job. We need to pray that the church will look beyond its walls and see that people in this country are crying out for help and that the government cannot possibly meet all the needs that are out there. We need to ask for forgiveness for the self-reliant attitude that we often have as a country; we have become so self-reliant that we forget that we are here because God has allowed it.

I believe in practicing religious freedom, which is one of the reasons I love this country; however, we also need to realize that we often forget why people came to this country in the first place: to not only practice religious freedom, but to spread the hope of Christ to all nations. Perhaps if we spent more time praying for our country and remembering that where we live is our mission field we would see our country looking toward God again. We can pray that God heal our country.

Are you humbly praying for our country?

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