A Prayer for Our Nation :: By Holly Spate

“If my people, who are called by my name, will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, and I will forgive their sin and will heal their land” (2 Chronicles 7:14).

PRAYER

That one word means so much. Prayer is a beautiful expression and reminder that we can’t do life on our own. Prayer helps us remember our fragility, humbles the heart, and consistently confirms our desperate need for the Savior.

Prayer is a precious gift. James 5:16 says, “The prayer of a righteous person is powerful and effective.”

Jesus Taught Us to Pray.

Jesus himself spent countless hours praying to the Father. As Christians, we are to follow Christ’s example and obediently incorporate prayer into our daily life.

The following are just a few examples which prove prayer was an important aspect of Jesus’ life:

“In the days of His flesh, He offered up both prayers and supplications with loud crying and tears to the One able to save Him from death, and He was heard because of His piety” (Hebrews 5:7).

“Now when all the people were baptized, Jesus was also baptized, and while He was praying, heaven was opened” (Luke 3:21).

“After He had sent the crowds away, He went up on the mountain by Himself to pray; and when it was evening, He was there alone” (Matthew 14:23).

“After bidding them farewell, He left for the mountain to pray” (Mark 6:46).

“It was at this time that He went off to the mountain to pray, and He spent the whole night in prayer to God” (Luke 6:12).

“In the early morning, while it was still dark, Jesus got up, left the house, and went away to a secluded place, and was praying there” (Mark 1:35).

“But Jesus Himself would often slip away to the wilderness and pray” (Luke 5:16).

“And it happened that while He was praying alone, the disciples were with Him, and He questioned them, saying, ‘Who do the people say that I am?’” (Luke 9:18).

“Then Jesus came with them to a place called Gethsemane, and said to His disciples, ‘Sit here while I go over there and pray’” (Matthew 26:36).

“And He went a little beyond them, and fell on His face and prayed, saying, ‘My Father, if it is possible, let this cup pass from Me; yet not as I will, but as You will’” (Matthew 26:39).

Prayer is Essential in the Christian Life.

If prayer were not important, Jesus would not have practiced it. Because He is our example and is perfect, we know that prayer must be embraced and practiced in our own lives.

Prayer is essential. Prayer is powerful. Prayer is effective. Prayer is influential. Prayer can change things. Prayer can strengthen and embolden our faith. Prayer can bring a sense of peace. It is what we’re called to do, and it is both a privilege and honor to put prayer into practice.

Any time is a good time to pray. And we can have the assurance that when we honestly seek God and pray to Him, He will hear our prayer and answer. Psalm 17:6 states, “I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.”

The Bible references prayer many, many times. What follows are just a few additional examples instructing us to pray:

“This, then, is how you should pray: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us today our daily bread. And forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors. And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from the evil one.’

“For if you forgive other people when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive others their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins” (Matthew 6:9-15).

“The righteous cry out, and the Lord hears them; he delivers them from all their troubles” (Psalm 34:17).

“But God has surely listened and has heard my prayer” (Psalm 66:19).

“Pray without ceasing” (1 Thessalonians 5:17).

“Be careful to obey all these regulations I am giving you, so that it may always go well with you and your children after you, because you will be doing what is good and right in the eyes of the Lord your God” (Deuteronomy 12:28).

“Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful” (Colossians 4:2).

Standing Together in Prayer is a Privilege.

Beyond a personal prayer life, the Bible emphasizes the importance of the body of believers coming together and praying in agreement. Matthew 18:20 attests to this very thing: “For where two or three gather in my name, there am I with them.”

Speaking of prayer and standing together in agreement, I’d like to take a moment, in conclusion, to come alongside brothers and sisters in Christ who are reading this today. Let’s take a minute to lift our hearts in praise to a loving God, and let’s come and kneel together as we collectively pray for God’s protection and His perfect will to be done concerning our divided nation.

I pray God richly blesses each of you as you continue faithfully journeying with Him.

A Prayer for Our Nation:

Heavenly Father,

We humbly come to You today to ask for Your hand of protection over our nation. May You guide the hearts and minds of each citizen to vote for principles and platforms in line with Your Word. Open the eyes of those who have been blinded by hate, deceit, false narratives and propaganda which distorts truth. May the division and hatred that’s been sewn throughout our nation not take root in hearts or be allowed to spread. May we be bound together by decency, kindness, love and respect. May sanity, common sense and personal accountability be restored, embraced and practiced. May the hearts of people in this nation desire to seek truth, and may You open hearts to the truth which sets free.

Please turn all of our leaders’ hearts towards You. May their pride of position and power not blind them to doing what’s best for all. May they turn from anything that would keep them separated from You. We pray You provide direction, wisdom and discernment to all those who govern. We thank You that You are our King and the whole world is at Your feet. You see and know all, and we thank you that You promise to make all things right.

We thank You God that You are always and forever seated on the throne. We find comfort in remembering that You know the beginning from the end. You are the Author and Perfecter. You are all that is good, perfect, righteous and holy. You are the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Alpha and Omega. You are in total control of all creation… all things. We trust in Your perfect, almighty power to make the crooked paths straight and to bring the light of truth to all the darkened places. We pray that You will intervene and expose every kind of evil and every stronghold over America. Expose the deeds done in darkness. Expose all corruption. Bring Your light and justice to all that’s darkened America’s doorstep.

We pray Psalm 91 over our lives and stand in agreement for Your divine, perfect protection no matter the uncertainty, the storms of life, or which way the wind blows. May we build our houses on the Rock, not shifting sand. May we clothe ourselves with the full armor of God. Give us strength in each season and protection to persevere. May we be used as Your instruments to plant seeds and speak the truth of Your Word into the hearts of those You put in our paths.

May no weapon come against us. May all the plans of the enemy fall on their own heads. May not one thing come to fruition that is planned or being planned which would bring destruction or harm to Your servants and those who seek a peaceful existence. We pray Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.

May righteousness and justice prevail. May people turn to You and put their trust in You.

Wrap us in Your loving arms and protect us. May we feel Your presence and be emboldened to pick up our cross and follow You daily, no excuses. May we be encouraged by Your promise to never leave us or forsake us. May we rejoice that You give us hope and a future. We praise God that You have made it clear that, although we live in this world, You have overcome this world.

Thank you for Your promises, Your love, Your peace which passes all understanding, Your protection. Thank you for Your gift of salvation which cleanses from all unrighteousness. Thank you for a bright future as You prepare our home in heaven.

May we forever trust in You and Your unfailing love. May we continually and constantly cling to You in all things. May we always trust You for protection, guidance and provision concerning all our needs.

We love You. We praise You. We trust You. We thank You.

In Your wonderful name we pray,

Amen.

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Be the Good :: By Holly Spate

Love.

Be kind.

Be respectful.

Encourage.

Help.

Care.

Be selfless.

Do good.

If everyone in our world practiced these things, how much more calm and beautiful would the world (and your little corner of it) be?

People’s inability to put away pride, treat others the way they wish to be treated, show respect and kindness, are just some of what robs from joy and tarnishes good. It can make one feel hopeless, discouraged, ungrateful. It can drive one to disregard others or set one up for narcissistic selfishness.

It’s heartbreaking to see so much discord in our world today. It’s frustrating to see the world spinning out of control. Everyone has within them the capacity to do good. Everyone has the choice to choose how they will respond, how they will conduct themselves.

Isn’t it interesting that no one has to take a class to learn how to be selfish? Our own carnality and sinful nature drives our selfishness. And that selfishness is just one of many things that tarnishes the good if we don’t learn to get things under control.

As we look around at the world around us, many may not see much hope today. For many, hope is fading because they’ve placed their hope in things that cannot save: government, money, status, people, or themselves. Many try to change their own hearts with self-help books, classes, mantras, etc. Yet none of these truly change hearts. Even those that do their best to be good people fall short because of sin.

For those who may be reading this today… those who feel hopeless and dissatisfied, I have GREAT NEWS!

There is hope.

JESUS!

Jesus is the only one who can bring hope, change hearts, transform lives, alter perspectives, and provide a new path. He is the only one who can provide a secure foundation. His death on the cross paid for all sin – past, present, future. All who believe in Him and ask Him into their hearts will be saved.

He brings peace in the midst of circumstances, hope in the darkest of times, and joy along the journey. His presence enables His children to have the ability to be more forgiving, kind-hearted, grateful, less selfish.

Jesus is the only way to a better, brighter today, tomorrow, and eternity.

The world is quickly being stripped of sanity and decency. Like a roaring fire, the sins of man are being stoked while the flames and smoke rise higher. Sin is darkening the world, but thankfully the SON has never left. He is always there, shining bright no matter how dark the darkness gets. He is pure, holy, perfect. He is the light and is all that is good. He is the world’s greatest need and only hope. And He stands waiting to welcome the wandering home.

If you are a believer, be thankful today for all of God’s promises and all that awaits you. If you have not asked Jesus into your heart, ask Him today. He loves you and is wanting to be the Lord and Savior of your life. Accepting Jesus into your heart will be the best and most important decision you will ever make in your life…that’s a promise.

Our world needs love.

God is perfect love.

Our world needs hope.

Jesus is our only hope.

Because we each need encouragement today, find comfort in the verses that follow. And remember: Every day is a gift. Every breath taken is a moment to be thankful. Each decision is a choice, and you can choose to do right and be joyful. Whatever your blessings, be thankful for them and mindful of them. And as you journey, let Jesus walk with you and shine through you so you can be the good that the world so desperately needs.

Have a great and blessed week!

Encouragement….

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future” (Jeremiah 29:11).

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you” (Philippians 4:8-9).

“He loves righteousness and justice; the earth is full of the goodness of the Lord” (Psalm 33:5).

“Oh, taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the man who trusts in Him!” (Psalm 34:8).

“For the Lord is good; His mercy is everlasting” (Psalm 100:5).

“Hear me, O Lord, for Your lovingkindness is good; turn to me according to the multitude of Your tender mercies” (Psalm 69:16).

“The Lord is good, a stronghold in the day of trouble; and He knows those who trust in Him” (Nahum 1:7).

“Oh, give thanks to the Lord, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever” (1 Chronicles 16:34).

“Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life; and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever” (Psalm 23:6).

“The Lord is good to all, and His tender mercies are over all His works” (Psalm 145:9).

“No one is good but One, that is, God” (Mark 10:18).

“Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning” (James 1:17).

“If you then, being evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good things to those who ask Him!” (Matthew 7:11).

“I would have lost heart, unless I had believed that I would see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living” (Psalm 27:13).

“I will meditate on the glorious splendor of Your majesty, and on Your wondrous works. Men shall speak of the might of Your awesome acts, and I will declare Your greatness. They shall utter the memory of Your great goodness, and shall sing of Your righteousness” (Psalm 145:5-7).

“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life” (John 3:16).

“Follow God’s example, therefore, as dearly loved children and walk in the way of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God” (Ephesians 5:1-2).

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