The Power of Prayer for our Nation

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prayerA friend recently shared her concerns with me about things going on in our nation. The media promotes candidates who have no regard for the sanctity of life, other than their own. So-called “news” stories support candidates who desire to destroy personal liberties, the family unit, and celebrate man’s new definitions of marriage and gender. Meanwhile, candidates who uphold God’s design for life, liberty, family, marriage, and gender are demonized.


Communication authorities have little regard for true journalism and dole out sensationalist fear-mongering. They are in the business to sell—not to inform—and fear sells.


Surrounded by words and images of fear, chaos, and godlessness, Christians are tempted daily to be filled with fear. But the words of Jesus still speak to us today, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid” (John 14:27). 


In these troubling times, I am reminded of Abraham’s intercession for the entire city of Sodom, where his nephew, Lot, lived with his family (Genesis 18:20-33). He prayed until God agreed to save the city for the sake of only ten righteous people. Unfortunately, Lot’s entire family wouldn’t listen to him (Genesis 19:1-25), so God sent two angels to rescue Lot, his wife and two daughters out of Sodom. 


God is faithful, longsuffering, and merciful. He wants our nation to remain standing on its biblical foundation even more than we do. If the petition of one believer could save a city from destruction for ten righteous, what can the intercession of thousands of believers do for our nation?


If God’s people faithfully pray and make intercession for our country, He will preserve our God-given liberties and rights. The Lord hears the prayer of the righteous (Proverbs 15:29). We are righteous not because of what we do or don’t do, but because of what Jesus Christ accomplished. Through Him, we are righteous. And when we stand in our God-given righteousness and pray for our nation, God hears us. 


I sometimes find myself fearful of current events. But then I get my head into the Bible through reading, watching, and listening to biblical teachings. Faith comes by hearing the Word of God (Romans 10:17). Fear comes through our five senses from the devil, the god of this age. He mostly uses the media because he is the “prince of the authority of the air” (Ephesians 2:2). Sound and light waves travel through the air, from the media. The media is so ungodly because it is ruled by the prince of the authority of the air. That is why Jesus said, “Take care what you listen to” (Mark 4:24). 


Whenever I’m afraid, I realize that I’m not trusting or believing God, and I need a good dose of His Word. Fear is faith in reverse, and it is always False Evidence Appearing Real. The world’s fear tactics can’t hold a candle to the higher power and authority of heaven’s spiritual realities.


The devil’s lies produce fear. But God’s truth produces faith. Jesus said, “Whatever you ask in prayer, believing, you shall receive.” It is God’s Word that fills us with faith, making our prayers powerful. 


A believing prayer as simple as “Thy Will be done on earth as it is in heaven” can move mountains in the spirit realm. Our prayers are not something we do as a last resort, but as a first resort, to bring about God’s Will upon the earth. 


Keep praying, fellow believers, and know that your prayers of faith are powerful for God. He is merciful and will save us if we cry out to Him. We are Christ’s ambassadors, representing God’s kingdom on earth. God gave us authority in prayer. As we continue in prayer, we will be fulfilling a critical role in turning the tide for our nation. 


God is longsuffering and merciful. He alone can save us. If we call upon Him in our trouble, He will deliver us from our distresses (Psalms 107:6, 13, 28). That’s how good God is, and how powerful our prayers are! 

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