Thursday, May 3, 2012

National Day of Prayer Day... Glad 'Bout That!

Feelin' so SO glad that we can still earnestly seek to know Jesus Christ and then seek to make Him known here. How cool that we can out loud pray for others and other nations around us. We should never take this for granted. Perhaps leaders will some and go who want to and who don't want to pray, but today we are not forced to bow on a little rug towards Mecca to pray (as if!) or to some dumb idol in another locale. No way! We can pray in a fruitful Way! 

Yes, what a blessing it is just to enjoy fellowship with, and call out in faith to the living God - the Bible God - who really does love to hear and respond to His children's prayers. Our corporate and individual praying to Him can make a difference because that is what He is all about - changing lives and nations. Do love this privilege? I hope so. Where will you find a place to get alone with Him, or to join in with other believers to love to pray? Let's apply what we know in prayer for Americans today. 

Sure, even if those in Washington - our so called leaders - opt not to pray today in the mighty Name of Jesus Christ, we can still pray for our Nation today ...and even do it every single day we are here! 

No one has lopped off your head or mine as yet, so our job here in not yet done. How can I motivate you to do what you already know? Let not your heart be downcast, let's go for it along with sound churches all over the place. Let's trust the Lord to grant true repentance here, yes, give more grace, more insight with discernment, more understanding, more wisdom with holy fear, and simply intervene for these blind people around us ...and yes, turn this nation (or yours if you are living outside of the USA) completely around to Him. We used to be blind and perhaps we still have some blind-spots - God can fix even that. Personally, I am also praying for the upcoming: that many will turn to Christ on August 26th 2012. If you would like your church to be a part of that, then please talk with your pastor and write me below. 

You know how "fear" is called the sister of unbelief and often that's what opens the door for unbelief. Fear stinks. Let's shove all personal fears aside, stamp on em, and then believe the God who said... 

"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. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to prayer.."  7/15TwoChron.

Believers, you know how we are ultimately citizens of heaven before we are citizens of our respective countries. We are servant-pilgrims living among the nations and we have the responsibility to pray for all men (people). We're just passing through and need to make the most of our time here. Today many people in this great Land have a lot of different views of prayer and of God, but we can and have chosen to pray biblically faith to the God of the Bible and He indeed will hear us. May we earnestly, fervently, expectantly, and yes.. in faith rather than with doubt. Let's pray for our nation to recognize where we have gone wrong and repent so that we can once again as a people put Christ the King first ahead of every other priority. Let revisionists do as they please, but this Land was founded by an over-taxed, religiously and politically repressed people who wanted to get away from that to focus upon Christ and Biblical principles of worship. It's time we return to Him on His terms, vote wisely, and put government back in it's place.  

I challenge you to pray today like you mean it. You remember how Moses interceded for Israel, asking that God would glorify Himself by showing mercy to this sinful people. Yes, as a testimony to the other nations around them. He had a missionary heart.. "Pardon the iniquity of this people, I pray, according to the greatness of Your mercy" (Num. 14:19, nkjv).

Also King Hezekiah voiced, "I pray.. that all the kingdoms of the earth may know that You alone, O Lord, are God" (2 Kgs. 19:19, nasb).

And don't forget how David prayed for his people who were suffering quite a bit because of the rebellious acts of their (former choice of a so called leader), King Saul. You know how one of the judgments that God can give to a nation is simply allowing them as a people to have the leader that they demand ...and unfortunately that has happened in American on more than one occasion, but God will also be merciful to us if we call out to him. He has granted us godly leaders before as well. The Bible says, "God was moved by prayer for the land" (2 Sam. 21:14, kjv).
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