Friday, September 28, 2012

A Prayer for America

Today is 40 Days before the elections here in America. I woke up this morning with a strong urge to pray for this nation. Here is my prayer:

Dear God in Heaven,

We humbly come before you and ask for your grace and mercy upon our nation. We thank you for your goodness, your love, your faithfulness, your everlasting kindness. We ask that your will would be done in our nation, just as it is done in heaven.

We repent of the sins of discrimination, racism, hatred, and pride. Please forgive us as we forgive those who have hurt us.

We ask for another Great Awakening in our nation. We ask for revival across this country, a revival of Godly principles and a revival of passion for God. We lift up all the people in this world who are not serving you. We pray that millions will turn their hearts towards you. We thank you for making us a shining light in the midst of darkness.

We pray for our churches. We pray for our pastors and ministers. We ask that you would give our spiritual leaders the boldness to preach the truth and the compassion to help the hurting.

We pray for our families. We ask for your blessing upon our sons and daughters, our fathers and mothers, our sisters and our brothers. Thank you for blessing our marriages and our precious children. We pray for unborn babies. Please help mothers make the right choice, a choice for life.

We pray for our government. We ask for your wisdom to fill each of our elected officials. We pray for the members of Congress, for our President, and for the Supreme Court. In this upcoming election, we ask for godly men and women to be elected who will uphold Biblical principles of both justice and righteousness.

We pray for our businesses. O Lord, you have not forgotten us. We thank you Father that even in the midst of a difficult economy you are our Provider. You are the source of every miracle. Thank you for your hand of blessing upon our nation. Thank you for the air we breath, the water we drink, and the bread we eat.

We pray for the media. Thank you for wisdom and understanding concerning the times we live in.

We pray for those who are involved in education. I ask that every teacher and professor would teach godly principles.

We pray for the arts and entertainment. We thank you that faith, hope, and love will triumph over lust, violence, and greed.

Thank you for peace; peace in our nation, peace with all other nations, and we ask for the peace of Jerusalem.

Thank you for your blessing upon this entire nation, from the East Coast to the West Coast, from Canada to Mexico, from the Atlantic to the Pacific to the Gulf of Mexico, from Wall Street to Main Street, from the White House to the Court House to the Church House, for the rich and the poor, for the affluent and the beggar, for the middle class and the school class, from the 99% to the 1% to the 47%, we ask that everyone in this nation would live 100% for You.

I pray according to Mark 11:24 “Whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours.” 

We ask all this in the mighty and matchless name of Your Son, Jesus. Amen. 

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Friday, September 7, 2012

Thank God for Independence

On September 29, 2012 America for Jesus is hosting a national solemn prayer assembly on Independence Mall in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Christian leaders from across the nation will gather together to pray for the United States of America forty days before our national elections. I plan to be there, and I ask you to pray with us too.
This time of prayer will take place in the shadow of Independence Hall, the building where delegates from the original thirteen British colonies signed the Declaration of Independence on July 4, 1776. In this building, fifty-six brave men (including Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Franklin, and John Adams) mutually pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to uphold the ideals of liberty. They risked their lives to bring our country freedom from tyranny. In the Declaration of Independence they proclaimed, We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness.
Across the street from Independence Hall is a small building where the Liberty Bell is displayed for tourists. It is aptly called the Liberty Bell because when the Declaration of Independence was signed, the bell was rung in celebration. When the bell was forged, it was tradition to inscribe a verse from the Bible on every bell. It was as if the foundry prophetically knew that this bell would ring for freedom because the verse the foundry chose to engrave around the edge of this bell when they cast it was “Proclaim Liberty throughout all the land to all the inhabitants thereof.
The quote on the Liberty Bell is straight from Leviticus 25:10, a verse that proclaims the freedom that comes during the year of Jubilee. Once every fifty years in ancient Israel, during the year of Jubilee, every slave was set free and every person in the nation had his or her debts canceled. The year of Jubilee was a time of independence.
Another famous day of liberty in our nation occurred when Abraham Lincoln signed the emancipation proclamation on January 1, 1863. With a single stroke of his pen, he freed thousands of slaves. The captive were suddenly set free. The chains fell and African-Americans were able to take their rightful place in society as free men.
Yet both of these significant events in American history pale in comparison with a day two thousand years ago. On that day, Jesus made it possible for every person on earth to be free. Independence was the main reason Jesus came to earth. At the beginning of his ministry, Jesus said, The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me…to preach deliverance to the captives…to set at liberty them that are bruised, To preach the acceptable year of the Lord (Luke 4:18-19). When is the acceptable year of the Lords favor? The year of Jubilee, of course.
Jesus purpose for coming to earth was to bring liberty and independence! When Adam sinned, he caused the entire human race to be put in bondage. Sin became the chains that kept mankind from fellowship with God. But, when Jesus died on the cross, He provided a way for every person to be freed from the bondage of sin. The Gospel is a worldwide emancipation proclamation of liberty from bondage to the power of sin.  Thomas Jefferson once said, “The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots…” Our spiritual tree of liberty was watered once and for all with the blood of Christ. As we gather together in prayer for our nation, let us celebrate our independence that comes through Jesus Christ.
In America we live in a land of great freedom. In America we are free to gather together to pray. In America we are free to serve God. But, if we do not exercise our freedoms, we are no better off then those who have no freedom. On September 29, 2012 Christian leaders will gather together in Philadelphia, the epicenter of American freedom, to take advantage of our freedom of religion. We will humbly thank God for our freedom and ask Him to continue to bless our nation. Will you join us in prayer?