Prayer comes naturally to Christians. It’s like talking to a good friend–someone you love and you know loves you. When Christians want to talk to God we do it through prayer.
Talking to God regarding personal troubles, family situations, or job related problems is natural because these situations involve us. We all have some sort of issue close to our heart that needs fixed: complicated personal decisions, family situations which create tension, job issues that affect our future or someone we dearly love. So we pray. We ask for God’s guidance, deliverance, and strength.
Praying for personal issues close to our hearts is usually what most people pray about. We do this because we need help, and we believe God cares for our needs. But are you remembering to pray for issues wider than your intimate world?
Are you remembering to pray for that which God provided as protection for our personal wellbeing, our families and our jobs?
Are you praying for America?
1 Timothy 2:1-4 I urge, then, first of all, that petitions, prayers, intercession and thanksgiving be made for all people—for kings and all those in authority, that we may live peaceful and quiet lives in all godliness and holiness. This is good, and pleases God our Savior, who wants all people to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth.
God created mankind and all the world we inhabit. Specifically, He created a place on the globe where Americans dwell. In order for our home, America, to continually prosper, we need to continually pray of its troubles, situations and problems–just as we pray for personal issues.
This is what God instructs:
2 Chronicles 7:14 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.
The United States was established by God, though often some deny this truth. Our birth started with the Pilgrims and their covenant with God, the Mayflower Compact. This covenant was made between the Pilgrims and God. Written on the ship on November 11, 1620, just off the shore of what is now Provincetown, MA, this short, yet historic document was signed by all on board, dedicating this new land to He who holds the world in His hands. This happened before anyone set foot off the ship.
Pilgrim leader, William Bradford (the later Governor of Plymouth Colony) described the covenant, “…as the Lord’s free people joined themselves (by a covenant of the Lord) into a church estate, in the fellowship of the gospel, to walk in all His ways made known, or to be made known unto them, according to their best endeavors, whatsoever it should cost them.”
It is known throughout America’s existence that we are a country founded on Judeo-Christian principles. Historical records show the first act of our newly established Congress in 1774 was to open with prayer and read four chapters of the Bible. America in its infancy believed and indeed called upon and relied on the mercy, grace and favor of our LORD. America believed God gave us His Son, John 3:16.
American’s should not forget God’s mercy, grace, and favor upon us. We were born a nation by His will. May we not worry (or ignore) national problems but instead pray, placing our issues at the foot of the cross, in order to receive the kind of peace afforded only by God.
Philippians 4:6-7 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
ARE YOU A FOLLOWER OF JESUS?
If you’re not certain you’ve ever invited Jesus into your heart, now is the perfect time. Pray this sinner’s prayer found at Gotquestions.com. Through Jesus you will receive the hope that He alone offers.
“God, I know that I am a sinner. I know that I deserve the consequences of my sin. However, I am trusting in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I believe that His death and resurrection provided for my forgiveness. I trust in Jesus and Jesus alone as my personal Lord and Savior. Thank you Lord, for saving me and forgiving me! Amen!”