For the past few years I’ve wondered at the effectiveness of the National Day of Prayer. I mean, I know prayers are good, and God does hear the prayers of a ‘righteous man’, so what can be non effective for a nation to bend the knee to God?
Well, I know it’s not supposed to be political, but it often is- like most things these days in our society, it’s like “us vs. them” and Left vs Right. But it’s good for a nation to have presidents proclaim a national prayer day- it shows we’re still a Christian country right?
Could be. After all, we know that politicians such as Bill Clinton and Barak Obama have also proclaimed the National Day of Prayer under their administrations, and folks like Hillary and Nancy Pelosi talk about prayer a lot when it suits them. Lots of folks from both political sides talk about the Bible, and talk about Jesus. Usually though it’s a Jesus made in their own image, not the other way around, but hey, it’s still good that people believe right?
Even the demons believe. Christians, usually republican ones embrace the day of prayer, and commit themselves to following the famous Bible verse of 2 Chronicles 7:14, if my people who are called by my name… believing it will work like a charm, as it so obviously did for Israel right?
Remember, it was the Lord God of Israel, speaking to Solomon, telling him He had chosen Jerusalem and the Temple to be His Holy dwelling place on the earth- but why don’t we ever hear the proclamation of 2 Chronicles 7:19 & 20 where the Lord continues, “But if ye turn away, and forsake my statutes and my commandments, which I have set before you, and shall go and serve other gods, and worship them; Then will I pluck them up by the roots out of my land which I have given them.”
Because that’s not what we want, is it. It did happen to Israel, as God warned. I don’t think Israel wanted that either.
Is the National Day of Prayer effective? I don’t know. We’ve been having one for over half a century- it started back in the 50s in a nation which still recognized the Lord God. Since then, we’ve become a nation resembling the decline of and diminished Roman Empire. We’ve gone from a nation honoring God, to honoring all our selfish selves and desires. But am I being too harsh? Forgetting that we have a Loving God, who will bless us for honoring Him out loud?
I know we have a wondrously loving, patient God who is also a Just and Holy God. And as I type that, I can’t help but think of Thomas Jefferson’s words… “I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that his justice cannot sleep forever.”
I love this country. And I will always pray for our country, and our leaders, and the people, and for an awakening and/or revival. I know it’s not popular and not very ‘positive’ sounding when I wonder out loud if a National show of prayer is effective, and definitely not popular to wonder if it’s too late. I know with God, all things are possible. But I also know that blessed is the nation who’s God is the Lord. And our nation has for the duration of the years of the national day of prayer done everything they could to remove every trace of Him. And if “If we are not governed by God,” as William Penn remarked, “then we will be ruled by tyrants”
God’s prophets often were mostly mocked for always being negative. I’m no prophet, but I know sometimes I sound as negative as one. But that doesn’t mean I am of little faith. God can change the hardest hearts and call the unexpected to Him. His blood covers all. But there comes a time that He will not hold back His judgement from this earth. If you’ve been following along with Daisy’s posting the Revelation study series, you’re learning that day is coming, just as surely as Jesus came the first time.
This world doesn’t revolve around America, and as much as I love this country, it’s not mentioned in the Bible. It’s time folks started to understand that. This is not about us, it’s about Him. What we should be doing for Him, not what He should do for us.
Yes. I’ll be praying today, just as I do every day. But I’ll be expecting God’s will, not mine. And not negatively or wishfully thinking either. I’ll be praying for Him to show me my own shortcomings, sin and faithlessness, while asking for His wisdom through whatever times are coming- good or bad along with wisdom for our leaders, and that all would turn back to Him.
Is it too late to pray for America? I don’t think so, but I do know that God often answers in ways we don’t expect.
This video is worth listening to from last night. And the points Pastor Danny lays out, are still worth praying forgiveness for and for our nation to repent from. It’s a hard message, but like so much of God, lessons are hard, but always followed up with Hope.
Have a blessed day all. And may America bless God.