Praying for our Nation
The current climate in our nation has increased my burden to pray for our nation. Such burdens are not unique and are found throughout the Bible. Daniel 9 contains an example of a man burdened to pray for his nation,s healing. His prayer is one we can learn from as we pray for the United States of America.
1. Admit we Deserve our Dilemma (Dan 9:5-7)
Daniel was reading prophetic writings and realized Israel's punishment was fair. God had promised to bless obedience (Deuteronomy 11:1, 8, 26-28; 30:15-20), but Israel had disobeyed. God had offered opportunities for them to repent of their disobedience by sending prophets, but Israel disregarded the prophets and dismissed the opportunities to return to God. Despite Daniel's love for his nation, he realized - we deserve this punishment!
Could we not say the same about America? Although America was founded on Biblical principles, God's Word is often ignored. Despite a proliferation of problems and preaching that could turn attention back to God, the country as a whole seems to reject these opportunities. Although we love our country, we can see the problems our choices have caused and say with Danie l-"We deserve our dilemma!"
2. Take Responsibility for our Contribution (Daniel 9:5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 14, 15, 20)
Daniel didn't say only Israel deserved judgment. Daniel admitted he had a responsibility in the matter as well. Although the Bible never records any of Daniel's faults, Daniel says, "We have sinned."
Someone once stated, "Revival is God's finger pointing back at me." Unsaved people are supposed to act like sinners, but Christians are supposed to act like Christians. Yet, sadly, many Christians do not. The sins of church-goers is no better than the sins of non-church-goers. Failing to take responsibility for our own sin is like a grain of sand blaming other grains of sand for making the beach dirty (Proverbs 20:9).
Our country is away from God, but, before we condemn others, let's look at our own lives to see if we are walking with God.
3. Seek God's Forgiveness and Deliverance (Daniel 9:16-19)
From a pure heart, Daniel passionately pleaded with God to forgive and heal his nation. This prayer was not because he felt he deserved it or because he wanted to be more comfortable. Daniel's prayer was for God's sake.
After we realize we deserve where we are and have contributed to where we are, we can then plead for God's mercies to deliver us from where we are. Christians frequently watch the news and get upset at America's condition. They blog about it and Facebook about it...but often fail to pray about it. Yet if America's healing is not a big deal to Christians, why should it be a big deal to God? Discouraging times ought to drive us to our knees. Not for our own benefit, though, for God does not answer selfish prayer requests. If we want our country to be healed so the economy improves or more jobs become available, God is not required to answer that request. However, praying for an awakening so "One nation, under God" can be said in truth is a request God will hear!
Daniel comes to God with a burden for his nation, and God hears his prayer. Though God is not obligated to respond to us the same way He did to Bible characters, He does promise to hear His people.
II Chronicles 7:14-"If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land."
Every Christian should be active and be aware of politics, but the solution to America's problems is not in the White House. The solution is in God's house. Will you follow these three steps on a regular basis and seek God's healing for our country?
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday!
In the light of His glory and grace,
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