In the midst of this, President Lincoln called the nation to prayer. He knew that no other earthly power would be able to resolve the deep divisions of our nation. Lincoln wrote, “And whereas it is the duty of nations as well as of men, to own their dependence upon the overruling power of God, to confess their sins and transgressions, in humble sorrow, yet with assured hope that genuine repentance will lead to mercy and pardon; and to recognize the sublime truth, announced in the Holy Scriptures and proven by all history, that those nations only are blessed whose God is the Lord.”
Tomorrow on Thursday, May 6, 2010, our nation will celebrate the 59th National Day of Prayer. Similar to Lincoln’s day, our nation is deeply divided with social and political problems that defy human solutions. In addition, we face unprecedented global challenges and environmental disasters. Across our nation tomorrow, people will gather for prayer at churches, municipalities, and homes. Will you be one of them?
If it is true, as the Scripture states and President Lincoln acknowledged, that “Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord…” (Ps. 33:12a) and that judgment begins with the family of God (1 Pet. 4:17a), then why are we (the Church) not repenting and interceding on behalf of our nation? Will it take another 9/11 to force us to our knees in crying out to God in repentance?
In light of tomorrow being the National Day of Prayer, I’m asking you to do two things. First, take at least 5-10 minutes of your day tomorrow to pray for our nation. Offer up prayers of repentance to God for violating His precepts. Humbly pray that He would have mercy upon us and return us to Him. Pray for the church of America to rise up to her prophetic calling. Second, pray regularly for our nation and leaders. “When man works, man works; when man prays, God works.”
- What is the role of the church in calling our nation back to God?
- If you agree with Timothy’s exhortation to pray and intercede for all those authority (1 Tim 2:1-2), then why have we relinquished our role to pray for our nation’s leaders and a return to God’s righteous standards?
- Do you see unprecedented judgment coming to our land because of turning our backs on God’s precepts?