Friday, May 6, 2011

God Bless America

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.  -II Chronicles 7:14 (KJV) 

Yesterday, believers all across the nation gathered for the National Day of Prayer.  What a blessing it was to see people of all different denominations coming together for the purpose of praying for our nation.  I observed people praying for our government leaders, those serving in the military, public servants, and those affected by the recent storms.  During the prayer rally I participated in I looked up and saw our flag flying overhead and my heart was filled with powerful emotions.  I thanked God for the freedoms we hold dear, and I gave thanks for the biblical principles upon which our nation was established. 

We have much for which to be thankful, yet we also know we have our work cut out for us.  People need the Lord unlike any other time I have ever witnessed.  We look around and we find desperation in peoples’ eyes.  Crime, drug use, and alcoholism are all on the rise, and peoples’ attitudes toward life are turning more and more cynical.  Faith in Jesus Christ is the answer, yet countless people fail to open their hearts and receive the salvation and hope He offers.  Instead, they continue on in their own strength, which is a recipe for failure.  Christ offers hope in the darkest night of our struggles, and He brings light to a land blighted by sin and evil. 

We have been called as followers of Jesus to shine His light to everyone around us.  Let us commit to show the way and proclaim the truth.  In Jesus there is hope, deliverance, and new life.  Let us pray for a great revival of faith across our nation.  Pray for a movement of God’s Spirit unlike anything our world has ever witnessed.  May we claim the promise that when we humble ourselves and pray the Lord will hear from heaven and will heal our land. 

My friends, do not give up and do not surrender the fight.  Victory is ours in Jesus Christ.  Continue to share the good news, live in such a way that Christ is glorified, and pray for the fire of God to fall upon us and our great nation.  America can see the power and blessings of God once again.  It begins with each one of us. 

May God bless America.

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