The governor opened the door for Christians to gather on August 6, 2011 on behalf of our nation. But if we are to see our nation restored, that cannot be the end of the story. We must continue to pray and act as one body, seeking the Kingdom of God rather than personal interests. Why is it so critical that we pray for our nation? The battle is the Lord’s and victory comes in His Presence. We want God’s Presence to abide in our nation; what does He want for His house? In Mark 11:17, Jesus noted that God designated His house as a “house of prayer for all the nations.” God wants a home in which His people are about His business.
Our situation has become critical. Terrorists have effectively declared war. The frequency of natural disasters in the world is increasing exponentially. Yearly abortion rates as of 2008 are resting at well over 1 million, as reported by the Guttmacher Institute; by comparison, the 17 hurricanes that hit the US during the 2008 season claimed cumulatively fewer than 1000 people. We have guns, sex and drugs in our schools. A 2006 report made by About.com put the rate of population growth in our prisons at twice that of the population growth of the country and of the world. We cannot reverse this trend without God’s intervention! We must pray.
If we cry out to God, will our prayers fall on deaf ears? God smote Israel with a 3 year famine during the reign of King David because his predecessor had broken Israel’s covenant with the Gibeonites, attempting to destroy them all to remove them from the land. 2 Samuel 21:14 says that God was only moved by Israel’s prayers after they had satisfied the requirements of the Gibeonites in recompense. As a nation we must humble ourselves before the Lord, repenting of our deceit – including that of our forefathers, and considering every innocent life we have taken. Then we must seek the Lord for the price of restitution, and be faithful to fulfill all that He requires of us.
But that is not all. God also sent a 3 day plague upon Israel because King David – against the Will of the Lord – took a census of the people. Taking the census was not wrong; God Himself initiated that practice. Acting independently of God was the sin. David interceded for the people and God commanded him to offer up a sacrifice to Him. David gave that sacrifice out of his own resources, not accepting anything for free. 2 Samuel 24:25 says that only then would God listen to the prayers for Israel. The sins of our leaders impact the whole nation. Our leaders must repent of their sins, praying and interceding for the nation. Then they must seek the Lord for what He requires of them, and faithfully execute His direction.
“If I shut up the heavens so that there is no rain, or if I command the locust to devour the land, or if I send pestilence among My people, and My people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land. Now My eyes will be open and My ears attentive to the prayer offered in this place.” (2 Chronicles 7:13-15)
Please check back for my next posting as we look at the Bible’s position on our relationship with Israel.