(In response to Julie Cook’s call for prayer and Citizen Tom’s answer.)
This has been a week filled with more and more slander, back biting, unethical behavior, the slow but sure death of a country turning further and further away from God. I believe we all have our own ideas – our own ways of communicating with God – our concerns and passions about various issues. God knows that too. He listens to every prayer, no matter how we pray. The fact that we are able to communicate with Him, with no heavy curtain between us is like the breaking down of a huge barrier. We’ve been given the opportunity to speak face to face to the Holy One without fear.
Whatever our prayers are – whether general or personal – whether for what may seem insurmountable and impossible or for our daily needs – God hears us. He evaluates His plan for creation, looks at what fits that plan, how it will bring us closer to Him, how it will keep us close to Him. He then answers either with a “yes,” “no,” or “not right now.” Every answer is based on His wisdom and love for all mankind. So with that in mind, I offer my prayer for this day.
Dear, Heavenly, Father: Every commandment you’ve given us has been broken, because we are a generation of sinners. Yet, I know that Jesus has paid the price for our sins, making it possible for me to come before you in confidence. Because of that wonderful, inconceivable gift, I praise and thank you.
You know our every need before we do. You have a perfect plan for all people – a plan that will honor you. What seems like an impossible situation for us, is like a fleeting whisper to you. Nothing is impossible for you.
I come to you now, to plead for my country. We are surrounded by division, hatred, stubbornness, political correctness and a path of sinful behavior that gets wider and wider each day. I wonder if this is the beginning of the end of our nation as we once knew it.
I pray for our leaders – especially for our president as he is assaulted on a daily basis. I pray for our lawmakers as they choose to kill innocent children before they have a chance to live. Enliven their consciences. I pray for wisdom for those who make decisions that directly effect each of us – decisions that we often have no control over. I pray that your people – the ones who have given up on you – realize how important you are to them. I pray for strength for those defending our country. I pray that your consistent Word and care covers us like a shield against those who would cause us harm in any way. I pray for future generations who are being fed ideas and philosophies which they know nothing about – those who have never seen the results of Socialism, Facism, Communism.
I pray for myself, that I would not stand in judgment of others, yet be vigilant for the things that are from your Word. Through your dear, Son, Jesus,, I ask you to help us know what to pray for.
I believe in the power of corporate prayer. If we are joined in faith and trust that God will hear us, we will be heard. Please feel free to add your own prayers and comments.