The Bible says, “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 will forgive their sin and heal their land” (2 Ch. 7:14, nkjv).
Perhaps you’ve seen a version of this blunt, straight to the point prayer already?
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!”
We’ve all heard about this ugly stuff ..so much so.. that it’s now easy to turn it all off and refocus on something pleasant, "nice," or pleasurable. When we hear certain words related to these subjects we switch to OFF, but it's time to wake up, speak up--not give up. Boys, girls, men, women, straight people, gay people – it’s time for us in America to turn away from these sins. God hates all sins because they destroy people. It’s time to call evil “EVIL.” Wrong is wrong—it will never be right.. not for you, not for anyone!
Anger is a gift. —Zack de la Rocha (anger at the sin)
Happiness? Since when is God interested in your personal happiness? He is far more interested in your full submission. Not on your knees, but on your belly, submission.
Whatever happened to contrition, to brokenness, confession, U- turns, holiness and virtue? —Anon
Jesus zealously preached, “…unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:3).
Currently there are 1.6 million abortions performed in the U.S. each year. We don’t need to wait until the next election to make our voices heard (on high, or down here on earth).
Approximately 6 million women in the U.S. become pregnant every year. About half of those pregnancies are unintended. Either the woman or her partner did not use contraception or the contraceptive method failed.
Eighty percent of women having abortions are single.
Eighty two percent of the women having abortions are unmarried or separated.
Almost half of American women (43 percent) will have an abortion sometime in their lifetime.
Each year more than one million U.S. teenagers become pregnant — one in nine women aged 15-19 and one in five who are sexually active.1
Lord, because of the cross please convict, and cleanse us from sin.. one by one, set us free. That is our earnest plea!
1 Sources: Planned Parenthood, National Center for Health Statistics. The above prayer didn’t come from Billy Graham or from Paul Harvey as some have said. It was written by Bob Russell and a version of it was prayed out loud by Minister Joe Wright from Central Christian Church in Wichita when he was asked to open the Kansas House of Representatives in a word of prayer on January ’96 (see http://www.snopes.com/politics/soapbox/prayernation.asp).