When we think of praying for America, we typically think in terms of praying against the rise of evil and for protection. But perhaps more importantly, we must pray for the American Church and its role in the purposes of God. We don’t often embrace the idea that our history of effective and faithful missions outreach is one of the key factors in our nation’s continued experience of the blessings of God.
When the disciples asked Jesus what the sign of His coming and of the end of the age would be in Matt. 24:3, he gave an answer that culminated in THE sign in verse 14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
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In 1973, Derek Prince spoke of this and related it to the Church in America and our vital role in the work of God:
“For the final outworking of His purposes, God is thus bringing together the various resources that are needed: the human resources of Spirit-filled young people, and the material resources of wealth and technology. In both these respects, the United States has a unique contribution to make. The first mass outpouring of the Holy Spirit upon today’s youth has taken place in the United States and is still proceeding across the nation. At the same time, the financial and technological resources of the United States are the greatest in the modern world. The nation that first placed men on the moon is uniquely qualified to place the messengers of the kingdom Gospel in every nation on earth. By the combined offering of its resources – both human and material – for the worldwide proclamation of the kingdom Gospel, the United States will complete the thread of divine destiny that has run through its history for three and a half centuries.
This special purpose of God for the United States was born out of the fellowship of the pilgrims. The vision God gave them was for the restoration of the church. To this, they devoted themselves with labor and sacrifice, with prayer and fasting. Today those who share the pilgrim’s vision can see its fulfillment approaching. The church of Jesus Christ stands poised to carry the Gospel of the kingdom to all nations on earth. Through the achievement of this final task the church will itself be brought to completion.”
From the study of the Scriptures, the pilgrims learned two great truths which they in turn bequeathed to their spiritual descendants in their own and in other lands. First, the end-time purpose of God is the restoration and completion of the Church. Second, the source of power for the achievement of this purpose is united prayer and fasting.” — Shaping History through Prayer and Fasting, pp 214-215
Father, You have charged this nation with a specific kingdom task – taking the whole Gospel to the whole world. You have blessed us with passionate people and abundant resources to this end. May Your people be willing to devote ourselves to prayer and fasting as we seek the completion of the task of world evangelization. Help us to keep from being distracted by lesser things going on around us to focus on Your kingdom purposes of restoring and completing Your Church.
–adapted from With One Cry: A Renewed Challenge to Pray for America by David Butts. This book is available at prayershop.org. Use the code CONPSP3 at checkout to receive an additional 10% discount.
Praise the one who came as the Prince of Peace (Isa. 9:6). Thank Jesus for giving peace to his beloved ones (Jn. 14:27). Confess those times when you’ve allowed Satan to fill your soul with unrest. Commit yourself to bearing the fruit of peace by the power of the Holy Spirit (Gal. 5:22). Ask God to guard your heart and mind today with his peace (Phil. 4:7).
Warfare, bloodshed, strife, and turmoil mar every corner of the globe these days. But the good news is that Christ came “to reconcile to himself all things . . . by making peace through his blood, shed on the cross” (Col. 1:20). Pray for all those who seek to bring Christ’s reconciliation to a restless world.
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