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Why we pray for our nation



Why we pray for our nation

Every day, I briefly consider distancing myself from the world of politics. It’s ugly, as we all know, and oftentimes it seems futile to participate more than just casting my votes as an American citizen. Are the efforts I put into espousing a conservative ideology framed within a Biblical worldview really making any difference at all? Even as our reach grows, it seems the tide continues to turn on America with Washington DC increasingly turning towards leftist solutions.

Every day, I end up coming to the same conclusion: This fight must be fought by us even if it won’t be won by us. We are outmatched, but that doesn’t mean we give up. We must all continue to do our part by sharing the Gospel, increasing understanding of the Biblical worldview, and helping all around us to see the right direction to take. That means starting with ourselves, spreading to our families, communities, cities, states, and yes, our nation.

Prayer is a funny thing. I believe most Bible-believing people of the various Judeo-Christian faiths aren’t praying right. I often find myself ignoring the very basic precepts of the Bible by praying sheepishly. We’re sheep, after all, in more than one way. Some of us are sheep at home, doing only that which maintains a status quo for ourselves or our families. Some are sheep at work, herded from task to task in an endless cycle of repetitive motion. Most are political sheep who follow the edicts of our chosen tribe even when deep down we see the fallacies they present. But it’s when we sheepishly pray for blessings here and there that we miss the point.

Matthew 21:22 says:

And all things, whatsoever ye shall ask in prayer, believing, ye shall receive.

I’m not going to tell anyone how to pray. I’m still trying to learn how to properly pray. Simultaneously, I’m trying to remember to pray always. But one thing I know is that Americans often pray as if there’s not much to it. The verse preceding the one I just mentioned should tell us everything we need to know about the power of prayer. In Matthew 21:21, it says:

Jesus answered and said unto them, Verily I say unto you, If ye have faith, and doubt not, ye shall not only do this which is done to the fig tree, but also if ye shall say unto this mountain, Be thou removed, and be thou cast into the sea; it shall be done.

Our nation is beset on all sides, but our greatest enemy lies within. These forces that are driving the nation away from the Bible, away from the common sense ideas that made us strong, and towards indefensible positions on multiple fronts are forces that cannot be defeated by posting articles, sharing videos, or ranting on Twitter. In fact, listening to Paul’s letter to the Ephesians might make us so aware of the strength mounted against us that we might want to give up.

Ephesians 6:12 is my favorite verse because it reminds me of why our challenges as a nation often seem insurmountable:

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

There is no doubt that forces in Washington DC and at every level of government are working overtime to subvert the faith of the nation and the incredibly prescient guidelines set forth by the Constitution. This, friends, is why we must pray for the nation. We cannot win this battle on our own.