On May 3, millions in America observe our National Day of Prayer. It’s an opportunity to come together and focus our eyes on the Lord—our true Source of help and strength.
When it comes to praying for our country, 2 Chronicles 7:14 (AMPC) is undoubtedly the most quoted verse in Scripture. The Lord says:
If My people, who are called by My name, shall humble themselves, pray, seek, crave, and require of necessity My face and turn from their wicked ways, then will I hear from heaven, forgive their sin, and heal their land.
I think it’s important to really pay attention when the Lord uses the words “if” and “then” in His Word. It signals that God is giving us a part to play, and if we do our part, then He will do His part.
In the above verse, our part includes four specific things to do: Humble ourselves, pray, seek the Lord, and turn from wickedness. When we do, THEN God will do His part—He will hear from Heaven, forgive our sins, and heal our land.
Praying Forward Begins with Looking Back
Prayer is extremely important, and I believe part of my calling is to ignite a passion in people to intercede for America. However, prayer is only one of the ingredients needed. Our part also involves true humility and repentance.
I often say we can pray for restoration, however restoration can’t come until there is revival; revival can’t come until there is responsibility; responsibility can’t come until there is repentance; and repentance can’t come until we remember.
What types of things should we remember? We must remember who we are, where we came from, and why it’s important to be accountable for what God’s given us through our Founding Fathers. We must discover things like:
- How was our government formed?
- What price was paid for our liberty…and who paid it?
- What role did God play in the lives of our Founding Fathers?
- What responsibilities did our Founders give us?
It’s been over 20 years since a friend first gave me a copy of the book, America’s Providential History. I’ll never forget how God used it to open my eyes to all of the great and mighty things He did to establish this nation.
I also learned how recent generations have slowly chipped away at the godly foundation laid by our Founders. It pierced my heart and provoked me to pray for America like never before. This is also my prayer for you.
On May 3, I encourage you to set aside some time to pray for America. Pray that God would turn the hearts of our people back to Him. Pray we would once again honor God and look to Him as our One True Source of strength, blessings and protection.
As we pray, it’s also vitally important to do what God shows us. I believe a lot of people simply want God to rescue this nation—to solve our problems without requiring any action on our part.
However, revival for America includes taking responsibility to do what the Lord shows us to help preserve what our forefathers have obtained. This includes taking action to fulfill our civic duties; it means contacting our elected officials to let our voices be heard.
Participation Is Key
One thing’s for sure: A complacent Church in a Christian nation cannot survive. They can’t coexist—both the complacent Church and the Christian nation will eventually die.
I often say the future of America is in the hands of those who act or those who watch. What America will look like tomorrow, next week, next month and next year will be decided by those who engage or those who stand on the sidelines as spectators.
If you love your country and value your freedom, the one place you don’t want to be is on the sidelines…and the one person you don’t want to be is the spectator!
With your help, and with your diligence, we can protect our liberties. But without your help and your diligence, our liberties will continue to be lost.
One by one, we each have a tremendously important part to play in taking a stand for America. And as we are faithful to do what we can do, the Lord will be faithful to do what we can’t...and bring healing to our land.