“Rejoice the soul of thy
servant: for unto thee, O Lord, do I lift up my soul. For
thou, Lord, art good, and ready to forgive; and plenteous in
mercy unto all them that call upon thee. Give ear, O LORD,
unto my prayer; and attend to the voice of my supplications.
In the day of my trouble I will call upon thee: for thou
wilt answer me.”
Psalm 86:4-7. Do
you, my brethren, believe God’s mercy is plenteous, and that
He is ready to forgive?
Because I had the audacity to
suggest in a commentary that Christians participate in a
nationwide prayer vigil.rebuke me, first for
suggesting that God just might be willing and able to heal
our land and then for suggesting our nation is worth
healing. I thought that there were many others with the same
mindset as me. Although there were a few who agreed with me,clearly
the majority of responders to my commentary,“A
Prayer for Change”,were
decidedly against prayer in any form that would focus on our
nation, or its leadership.
Apparently a good portion of
my readers feel God is hard at work laying judgment traps
for the rebellious to fall into, which means He’s just toobusy
or He doesn’t care to hear our prayers for healing. I
believe America may very well be under some
form of God’s judgment,but
I will never believe He’s not interested in hearing from His
children, or that He’s unwilling to stay His judgment as He
hears from more and more of us.
God expects to hear from those
who belong to Him. I hate using the following term and I
will avoid it at any cost, but I’m going to use it here
because it seems most appropriate on this occasion. Stop
putting “God into a box”. Stop it. God is bigger than any
box you and I will ever imagine and He can do anything He
wishes. If God wants to heal America or any other country for that
matter because He’s heard from His Children how arrogant is
it of us to say He won’t or He can’t?
Interestingly there are some Christian commentators that are
suggesting we believers should not pray for
America, “Its glory days have ended”
they say. “It’s foolishness to pray for this nation, God has
America.” One such commentator says
“There are only two kinds of believers who want to save our
country. Those who subscribe to Dominion, or Kingdom Now,
and those who don’t really believe the Lord is coming back
and don’t want to lose the lifestyle they enjoy here. They
are amillennialist who think things are always going to be
the way they’ve been.”
believe there’s at least a third group. I for one know full
well that God’s word will be fulfilledand
that at any moment He may remove His Church from planet
earth. But until then believers are told to occupy until He
comes. That means we continue to spread the Gospel of Christ
while we pray for God’s blessings to continue. I don’t
believe that the Church has replaced Israel, but that the Church has its
own distinctive place in God’s plan.
Life as a believer will be much better if we are free to go
about our Father business. That commentator I mentioned has
no idea what life will be like in America just
prior to the Rapture. Why? Because America isn’t in biblical prophecy.
All he can do is assume this or that will happen to America. Besides
that, Paul tells us to “pray
without ceasing” 1 Thessalonians 5:17. I don’t
see where Paul or any other New Testament writer tells us
not to pray for God blessing on our Nation.
Many, including myself,
believe God may be judging
America by allowing a socialist
government to come into power for reasons of chastisement.
Why? As I mentioned in that commentary Americans, by andlarge,have
turned their collective backs on God. But I’ve never
suggested giving up, nor will I.
Be assured God is not sitting
back waiting for America to
implode. No, He’s patiently waiting to hear from His
children, all His children. He expects His children to stand
firm on their faith in Jesus Christ, no matter in what
direction this nation heads. From what I know of American
history this nation has been fraught with evil demonic
forces trying desperately to disrupt its growth and morality
while adding massive amounts of violence into the mix from
its inception. America has always been at odds with
other nations as well as the discontent from within itself.
Throughout the past two centuries Americans have fought and
bickered amongst ourselves. Somehow we always come through
it and for the most part unscathed. Could the reason be
because of the unfettered prayers of God’s children?
It seems like World Wars I and
II were catalystsin
bringing Americans together. Then we had lesser wars that
seemingly tore us apart. America is
certainly a diverse nation, made up of a great ethnic and
religious hodgepodge, and of course we have our share of
sociopaths (people who are affected with a personality
disorder marked by aggressive, violent, antisocial thought
and behavior and a lack of remorse or empathy) thrown in for
bad measure. We see a lot of those people currently
exploding onto the scene committing horrible atrocities.
Then of course there are the sociopaths running most world
governments including that of the United States.
Many of my brethren complain
that by my suggestion that we continue praying for this
great nation, which they believe is completely doomed, that
I am giving false hope to my more gullible brethren. “What
an imbecile you are Ron. You’re like Nebuchadnezzar’s
grandson Belshazzar who couldn’t see the attack coming on Babylon until the writing showed up on the
wall”. Perhaps they’reright,
so shoot me for being a firm believer in the power of
prayer. I sure don’t see any reason to just give in or give
up. I will not,nor
should any Christian give in to apathy.
I’m not asking my brethren to
take up arms and fight this new evil that has taken over our
government. All I’m saying is at least give God the benefit
of the doubt and a chance to fight for His children and
It’s becoming apparent that
the hotly debated topic of
America once being a Christian nation
is gaining steam. It’s obvious that some American’s no
longer wish the
U.S. to be known as a Christian
do they want to acknowledge that this country was ever a
Christian nation. We see Christians torn apart and extremely
divided by what they have been force fed from the media as
well as many of our Christian pulpits.
heard from a pastor recently that the tax exempt status is
something the government of the
has graciously bestowed on the Church. I’d be very careful.
The powers to be aren’t going to give anything without
wanting something in return.
Churches must maintain their
anonymity so the IRS doesn’t take away their coveted tax
exempt status (501) (C) (3). Wouldn’t it be better to go
ahead and pay the taxes instead of being forced to water
down God’s word? Pay the taxes and tell the truth. And let’s
keep God’s truth and our American history visible and
accessible to all.
stand on the inerrancy of God’s word while “rightly
dividing the word of truth” 2 Timothy 2:15b. They
are those who are speaking out against the evil in this
land, they have little fear of the Federal government
snatching away their tax exempt status because they don’t
claim it. They firmly stand against evil such asthe
man who currently occupies the Oval Office, and against all
those other liars and sadists in his administration. These
fearless believers include lay men and women, pastors,
evangelist, and others who will surely be remembered in the
Heaven for standing firm on
is at a crossroads. If Obama and company are allowed to
continue to have their way, America will cease to be a sovereign
nation made up of freedom loving, God fearing people. I know
many don’t see it yet,but
they will very soon now. Unless we stop the advancement of
radical socialism from taking root there will no longer be
an America to save. The power that’s
wielded through prayer is, in many cases, underestimated.
But there is power, great power when we invoke God’s help.
“What shall we then say to these things? If God be for
us, who can be against us?” Romans 8:31. When we
stand with God, God stands with us.
Jesus is the Messiah of the
Jews and the Gentiles, the Savior of the world. Christ
overshadows all human endeavors. But human pride blinds
men’s eyes and many can’t,or
truth. You who bashed me because of my suggestion that
Christians pray for their nation are indeed not seeing the
whole picture. Jesus is among us and hears our prayers. I’ll
leave the future of America
in Jesus’ capable hands as I continue to pray for America. Whether
or not we should pray that America is taken back out of the
hands of the man who, more than anything else,wants
to see her converted to a socialistic, totalitarian,
dictatorial, czar run, Muslim country is the question.
I don’t care how many of
my brethren write and tell me how ignorant I am or how
biblically uninformed I am. I serve an awesome God who can
and will do great things if we will only believe. But that’s
the rub isn’t it. Believing God will continue to bless our
nation is what many abhor. “What do you mean Ron?” Just
this, many of my brethren are so fixated on the Rapture that
they want to see the destruction of America happen, believing this will
usher in the snatching away of the saints. That scenario is
not biblical and may very well result in some horrible
Christian persecution through apathy inside Christ’s Church.
We in America may see the elimination of
our freedoms. We may witness the rise of socialism. America’s
Christians may be persecuted to the point we currently
witness in other nations. We may be forced underground to
live and to worship our Lord Jesus Christ. Then again Jesus
may take us home tomorrow. Nobody really knows what
America will be like just before the
Rapture happens, so why not keep God in the loop?
As long as I’m alive and
kicking I’ll be praying that America’s
liberties remain intact. I pray that God continues to bless
His people and this great nation so we may continue with His
commandment of spreading the Gospel unimpeded.
Patrick Henry said “Give me liberty or give me death” and
many of my fellow brothers and sisters in Christ feel the
same way. We don’t want to be here if America is going
to go through the change Obama has planned. Like I said
are told to occupy ‘til He comes and so we shall,but
I can promise you this, we are going to need prayer and lots
To succumb to an “I give up
attitude” is to proclaim the enemy has won the battle. If
your attitude is to surrenderthen
you might want to re-examine your faith–held–belief that God
is in control. Those of us who are actually born again
aren’t going to surrender, ever. Why? Because we know who’s
in charge and that He fights our battles.
If you are one of those who
wrote condemning me or chiding me for praying for my
all I can say is stay out of my way. You give up if that’s
your mantra. I’ll continue to call on God to withstand the
enemy through prayer until I’m taken out of the way. I know
God is not going to give up on His children, but I also know
that if we give up on Him and His awesome ability to make
changes then we should be prepared to accept the
consequences. Without God in the mix our time remaining on
earth will be hell.
Is America being
judged? Maybe. Can we as God’s children do anything to abate
God’s judgment? Possibly. Why not pray about it? “...then
will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and
will heal their land” 2 Chronicles 7:14b.
He stayed His mighty hand against the city of Nineveh why not the US?
What do ya say? “Pray” or
“Give Up”? As for me and my family we will continue to PRAY
God’s intervention and healing for the land of the free and
the home of the brave.
God bless you all,
scripture is from the KJV