But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. 1 Pet 2:9,10
What do you see as the biggest problem in America today? Is it Crime? Violence? Immorality? Godlessness? If you had it in your power, what would you like to change in our country? Why have people turned from following God? What hope do we have for the future? What would it take to make a difference? What would it take to turn people back to following God?
This country began with its people relying on God, but that is no longer the case. What we have is a spiritual problem in this country. What we need is revival. A turning back to following God, walking in His ways, seeking His will and not our own. Revival must begin with His church. It must begin with us. If we obey the Lord, He can make a difference, in our lives, in our church, in our community and in our country. He can meet our countries spiritual needs through us when we humble ourselves and pray and seek His face and turn from sin in our lives. He has promised to hear our prayer and heal our land.
Prayer is as important to our nation today, as it was in the beginning, if not more so. Intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon to bring change in peoples lives. God is calling each of us to pray. Our only hope is that through the prayers of God’s people, our nation will turn back to God.
To paraphrase Solomon’s prayer for his nation found in 1 Kings chapter 8, “May God turn our hearts to Him, to walk in all His ways and to keep the commandments that He gave us. And may our prayers be near to the LORD our God day and night, that He may uphold his servants and meet the needs of the American people through us each day, so that through us, all the peoples of the earth may know that the LORD is God and that there is no other.
As Christians, Peter says of us, “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy.1 Wouldn’t it be wonderful if everyone in this country were Christians, and we could say these words about America?
Pray that God will pour out His Spirit on us and bring revival!
11 Pet 2:9,10 NIV
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