Kim Butts of Harvest Prayer Ministries made this observation: “It’s easy to criticize our government. There’s a lot going wrong in Washington, D.C. If a representative government has gone wrong, however, that means our problems are deeper than just our leaders. It’s a reflection of our condition as a nation. Spiritually speaking then, it goes back to a problem with the church in our nation.
“In a very real sense, the church in America has become lax and unfocused in our work. We have made the church about us and our desires, when we were always intended to be about reaching out and making a difference in our culture. Hiding behind church walls is a good way to bring about not only a slow death for the church but also a steady decline in a nation.
“The solution? In Philemon Paul wrote, ‘I pray that you may be active in sharing your faith, so that you will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ.’ (Philemon 1:6)”
I totally agree and so I am extending a call _ a warning for this nation to repent _ to turn from sin _ to turn back to God and the principles recorded in His Word. And, it must begin with the church of the Lord Jesus Christ. If this nation is ever going to be “one nation under God” it must begin with God’s people and, prayer must be a huge part of that. Now that certainly isn’t a new idea. Here are some thoughts of a few great church leaders from the past concerning this great need to pray for revival.
Robert Law _ Prayer is a mighty instrument, not for getting man’s will done in Heaven, but for getting God’s will done on earth.
Martin Luther _ To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing… As it is the business of tailors to make clothes, and the business of cobblers to mend shoes, so it is the business of Christians to pray!
Oswald Chambers _ Prayer does not fit us for the greater work; prayer is the greater work.
John Laidlaw _ The main lesson about prayer is just this: Do it! Do it! DO IT! You want to be taught to pray. My answer is: pray and never faint and then you shall never fail.
Then there is this quote from an unknown author _ Prayer will cause you to abandon sin, or sin will cause you to abandon prayer.
The Apostle Paul offers this: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” (Philippians 4:13) And “everything” includes turning a nation around. And by the way, the “him” is none other than Jesus Christ who once said, “I will do whatever you ask in my name, so that the Son may bring glory to the Father. You may ask me for anything in my name and I will do it.” (John 14:13-14)
Listen church, there are basic godly principles and beliefs at stake. There are threats to the moral fiber of those we serve. Like Paul, we may not win every argument or succeed in every endeavor, but we must engage both the Lord and the opposition and in that order. James put it like this, “Submit yourselves to God _ resist the devil _ come near to God and He will come near to you.” (James 4:7-8)
So, church let’s pray and then pray some more and then follow the Lord’s lead by sacrificially serving those we pray for.