A Prayer for our Country
Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound. — Romans 5:20
Lord, it is a heartbreaking thing to watch the rapid deterioration of our great nation. As our morals have decayed, so has the once great United States of America. There are so many who have willingly given their lives so this nation might remain free. We want our freedom, but not so we can bring honor to your name. We want freedom to sin as we please. We are being lulled asleep. In fact, I would say that we are completely asleep. Just as you did before your crucifixion, you are looking at your disciples and asking “Can’t you keep watch with me for one hour?” (Matthew 26:40)
The truth is that we can’t, Lord. Just as Peter and the other disciples were seeking temporary comfort in sleep, we seek temporary comfort in the things of this world. Heaven forbid we be uncomfortable! Heaven forbid we be inconvenienced! As a nation, we are looking to make our Earthly home our source of comfort and joy. Entertainment is our god. We have made televisions, game systems, computers, and telephones our altars of worship. We gaze into screens for hours and hours never even considering the fact that we could be gazing into the eyes of the one who gave His life that we might live. We are so deceived, Lord! People who cast out demons in Your Name, prophesied in Your Name, and even performed miracles in Your Name will be told, “Depart from me, you who practice lawlessness.” (Matthew 7:22-23) Yet millions of Americans believe we are “good to go” because we attend church. We actually believe because we said “the sinner’s prayer” years ago that we have put our trust in you.
Lord, grant us another great awakening. Pour out your Spirit on all flesh. Help the people of God rise up and be mighty. Wake us up that we may sleep no more. Let the Christian man begin to lead his family. Bring prayer back into the homes. May families hold hands and call upon the God of Heaven. Pour out your power, Lord. Raise up an army who stands in the midst of corruption. Raise up an army who says, “Though none go with me, still I will follow.” May this attitude become contagious. May our faces shine like the face of Moses when he descended from Sinai. Make us different, Lord. Make us separate. Make us Holy.
We are a sinful nation, Lord. We have become as Sodom and Gomorrah. We are calling evil good, and good evil (Isaiah 5:20). The wages of sin is still death (Rom 3:23), and death abounds. The question right now is not “will you destroy us?” But “when will we self destruct?” The only way we can turn your wrath away is by pleading for your hand of protection. You only grant it to the righteous, not those who arrogantly oppose you. You became sin, who knew no sin, that all men through you might become the righteousness of God. (2 Corinthians 5:21) The question is, can you find 10 who are righteous? (Gen 18:32) When we really think about righteous people who really live out Christianity, we quickly do as Abraham. We plead. We negotiate. If there are 50,000 righteous people in the U.S.A, an army 100% sold out for you, will you spare us? You may say, “for the sake of 50,000, I will not let it self-destruct.” With no confidence can we say there are 50,000 Americans who truly love you and have forsaken all for you. So we begin the descent. Are there 45,000? Are there 40,000? 30,000? 20,000? 10,000?
I believe you are saying today, “If I can find 10,000 truly righteous men and women, who honor my name, do not lift their souls to idols, nor bow their knee to Baal, I will not allow their destruction.” May all who read this prayer today Lord be quickened in their spirit. Fill them with the Holy Ghost. Give us boldness to live mightily for you this day. May we proclaim the Name above all Names, the Name of Jesus. Let our light so shine before men that they may see our good deeds, and glorify you, our Father in Heaven. (Matthew 5:16)
God help us.