The Daily Jot
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Sunday, August 7, 2011
A Day of Prayer
As all Christian Americans were called to prayer by Texas Governor Rick Perry, there was no doubt that as a nation we needed to bow down to the Lord, repent, ask forgiveness and seek mercy. There is an old saying that before the brightest dawn there is the darkest hour. In the hours leading up to the prayer gathering where some 30,000 people laid down their differences and came together in prayer, satan was very busy. Our nation's pristine credit rating was downgraded for the first time in history--a sign of things to come. And some 30 of America's best were killed in Afghanistan by Muslim terrorists. No doubt the timing of this prayer event was met with spiritual resistance manifest on earth.
We are a nation where not only its people, but some aspects of the Church have strayed afar from God's Word. Jeremiah 18:15 says, "Because my people hath forgotten me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in paths, in a way not cast up." This is as we have become, like Israel who strayed from the Lord, from our first love. And the Lord said in Ezekiel 22:30, "And I sought for a man among them, that should make up the hedge, and stand in the gap before me for the land, that I should not destroy it: but I found none." On Saturday, there were far more than 30,000--in the stadium, in homes, in churches--standing in the gap.
Despite differences, despite flaws, despite taunting, protests and legal challenges, Christians gathered with heartfelt prayer. Those of us who know the scriptures, know James 5:16, "Confess your faults one to another, and pray one for another, that ye may be healed. The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." I know that many across this great land of America confessed our sin, both personally and nationally, to the Lord. Christians read scripture precisely and sought forgiveness and mercy. Christians prayed earnestly. Many fasted and prayed. Many poured out their soul to the Lord.
And many were not seen, as Jesus instructed in Matthew 6:6, "But thou, when thou pray, enter into thy closet, and when thou has shut thy door, pray to thy Father which is in secret; and thy Father which seeth in secret shall reward thee openly." These are dark days for our nation. The enemies are both spiritual and physical--within the nation and without--within even the churches and without. We must not stop with this very public beginning. We must continue on, as Paul wrote in Ephesians 6:20 to "speak boldly, as I ought to speak." We must act by standing righteously on the principles of God's Holy Word in love and relentlessly in pursuit of God's will for our lives and our nation. Let us not lose the momentum.
Have a Blessed and Powerful Day!