Here in the USA.
There’s much to pray for,
- our country is at war,
- our diminishing value of life (seems it’s not just the unborn we need to be concerned with anymore, people are at risk no matter their age),
- feigned spirituality, or blatant refusal of it,
- the need to reach friends and co-workers with the good news of the gospel,
- missions of mercy needed in many parts of the world.
We have reason to pray, no doubt about it.
In my opinion we’re in desperate need of seeing the other side of what’s happening with our troups half-way around the world. The clouds of our current political conditions are blocking many of the rays from our nation’s heroes abroad. They shine, but we only see the bottom of this thunderhead. I’d like for you to read some thoughts you’ll never hear or see on the 6 O’clock news. Read slowly. Read thoughtfully. Then pray for the men and women protecting our freedoms around the world today. America’s posture of greatest strength is now -and always- on bended knee. Freedom isn’t free. It never has been.
I remember the National Day of Prayer service and We Remember service I crafted and led in the year 2002. We took a long and thorough look at Galatians 5.1, 13-15 on those occasions, perhaps you can take a few moments to read and reflect there this week.
Remember. Thursday. National Day of Prayer. If you can participate in planned activities, please do. You’ll encourage those who’ve organized them, and it’s always good to pray with others. If conditions prevent you from participating, make reminders for yourself to pray (more than three or four minutes) for our nation. She has real needs. Very real needs.
I’ll also point to an earlier post; my thoughts on the verse on which this year’s National Day of Prayer pivots: 2 Chronicles 7:14
After you read the verse, you’ll recognize it, go back and read it in its context here or in your Bible.
If God, who is the same yesterday, today and forever, felt this way about Israel, can He feel any differently about we who name the name of Christ? Sobering thoughts.