40 Days of Prayer For America

40 days of prayerWhoever becomes president they are not the answer to our greatest problems as a nation

With the presidential election still almost eight months away there is much confusion, anger and division surrounding it. Without a doubt this is a pivotal moment in the history of our nation. But there is much more a stake than who will lead our nation be it democrat or republican, for the next four years. In reality whoever is elected even though they will have influence in them,  provide the answers or solutions to the greatest needs of our country. As it has been so many times in our history and the history of the world our greatest need is overlooked.

In chapter one of Nehemiah we see Nehemiah’s response when he hears the news that his beloved city Jerusalem “Is a disaster. The survivors in exile have been wronged and are hated. The wall of Jerusalem has been reduced to piles of rock, and its gates consumed by flame.”
Nehemiah after hearing the news does not form a committee, organize an army or rush to the government for help and relief.
In fact Nehemiah is so overwhelmed with grief he can only sit and weep…..
The grief is overwhelming and it drives Nehemiah to seek the audience of the True God of heaven, the One who sets up nations and brings them down.
His prayers are forthright and honest.
He first asks God to notice him, to hear his prayers.
He praises God and reminds Him of His promises.
He asks for God’s attention to the situation before him and addresses the sins that has brought exile and hardship to God’s people.
He confesses the sins of a nation,
“I confess our wickedness, we have acted extremely wickedly toward You, we have rejected Your commands.”
Finally he reminds God that despite their unfaithfulness, God has promised that if they returned to Him
“I will gather you and bring you to the place of My choosing, where My very name dwells.”
Our nation is in great distress, we to are guilty of great wickedness. We have rejected what is right and good for the sake of pleasure and our own desires. And the solutions will not be found in the political process.
It does not matter what president or government we have. God can exercise His will through whoever He chooses. Nehemiah’s assistance came from a pagan king.
What does matter is that we pray. Pray for our leaders, pray for our people, pray that God who is sovereign, would intervene in our affairs.
We began praying for 40 Days of Prayer For America 16 days ago and would love to have you join us. We also pray for all the countries and the people in other parts of the world. We have a Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/40daysofprayerforamerica and you can find us at  messagefromthefield.com

Lets pray and see what God will do!

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“Now at last they were beginning chapter One of the great story no one on earth has read: which goes on forever”. I love this line at the end of the Last Battle by C.S. Lewis. Everyone has a story to tell and ultimately we are all part of a greater story that someday will be revealed in full. “ For now, we can only see a dim and blurry picture of things”. ( 1 Corinthians 13:12). My story is not remarkable, although the events I have had the privilege in my life to witness have been. I grew up in the south “the land of cotton” and the old times there were definitely not forgotten. I remember where I was and what I was doing when JFK and Martin Luther King were murdered in Dallas and in Memphis. I remember the Civil Rights movement, a time of great unrest and change. I remember the dawning of the “Age of Aquarius” in the late 1960’s. It was also the dawning of my love for playing music, a love that has stayed with me throughout my life. If my life were chapters in a book one would tell of my precious bride of 20+ years who endured so much and stood beside me through the good and the bad. One would describe the blessings of being a father and a grandfather. One would tell about how despite being “the wretch” the song sings about God was able to change me, and use me to make a difference in others lives, make me a servant in His church, and surround me with friends all because of His goodness. All part of a story that has had many twists and turns. I think of the words Jimmy Buffet wrote in one of my favorite songs "As a dreamer of dreams and a travelin’ man I have chalked up many a mile Read dozens of books about heroes and crooks And I learned much from both of their styles" And so it is true for me. But in all of my travels and all I have read and experienced nothing compares to where I am headed. The place where my story here ends and the story that goes on forever begins! "" I am confident that He who began a good work in you will carry it on until completion until the day He returns". Philippians 1:6 My hope is that as we all run our race that in some small way my words will encourage and speak to you, as your story is being written. And draw you ever closer to the One who loves you. Further up and further in!

2 Responses to 40 Days of Prayer For America

  1. ptl2010 says:

    Let us from all over the world, join our hearts in prayer for the leaders and people of the USA, that their hearts will be turned to the Lord in the very uncertain days ahead. The Lord is their salvation.

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