Thanks for praying with us for 40 days before and on Election Day! Now what? Our nation STILL needs much prayer, no matter who is in the White House or in Congress! God is still on the throne, even if the people you wanted to win elections didn’t get elected! He is the only One who saves us – there is NO other! We must not let down our guard or give up! We must press in as never before! For the next several days we are going to focus on how to pray God’s kingdom agenda upon our land and its leaders! Please encourage your households, friends and churches to join you in seeking the very heart of God for His plans and purposes to reign in the United States of America. Our future as a nation doesn’t depend upon the White House – it depends on the prayer that goes on in the Church house and in your house!
Hope-filled biblical focus is needed if we are to see a movement of prayer that moves the hand of God regarding the United States. Christians need to believe that God is not done with our nation and begin praying with passion according to the purposes of God. The focus of our hope must be in God and His Word.
If we look to our politicians, we will not have hope. If we look to our culture, we will lose our hope. If the economy is where we are placing out trust, hope will be lost with every downturn. Our hope must be in the Lord!
Sometimes though, it is directed to a nation. The Psalmist speaks to Israel with this powerful word, O Israel, hope in the Lord! For with the Lord there is steadfast love, and with him is plentiful redemption. (Ps. 130:7, ESV)
In a passage that I believe speaks much to our current situation, the author of Lamentations spends the first part of chapter 3 bemoaning the horrible situation that he is in. In verse 21 though, his thoughts turn to the mercies of God and he takes hope. Consider this powerful picture.
“But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases; his mercies never come to an end; they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.
“The Lord is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The Lord is good to those who wait for him, to the soul who seeks him. It is good that one should wait quietly for the salvation of the Lord. It is good for a man that he bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone in silence when it is laid on him; let him put his mouth in the dust—there may yet be hope” (Lam. 3:21-29 ESV).
Hope comes from a renewed focus on the Lord and his never-ending mercy and love. Lamentations points out the need of remembering that about the Lord (“this I call to mind,” v. 21). There is also the powerful picture of humility and repentance before the Lord, “let him put his mouth in the dust.”
A people who humbly come before the Lord, remembering His mercy, have great reason for hope.
Those who await the work of the Lord are called prisoners of hope. That is a good description for the Church today as we long to see the Lord restore and renew His people, and with them, a nation that desperately needs His healing touch. Prisoners of hope never quit praying until the Lord accomplishes His purposes or until He silences their prayers.
Father, please renew our hope about the future of our nation. Give us a fresh vision for what can happen in this nation as we submit ourselves to the lordship of Christ.
–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 God that he speaks in ways that even the lonely, anguished, and defeated can understand (2 Cor. 1:3-4). Give thanks that all things are possible in God (Mt. 19:26). Confess the many times you are tempted to work things out yourself, or are enmeshed in self-pity (Rom. 8:28). Commit to God all who are defeated and lonely. Ask God to help you remember that all you do is to be done in the name of Jesus, giving thanks and glory to him (Col. 3:17).
Pray that God will give your church a heart for reaching the nations of the world for Christ, through encouragement of missionaries, through giving, and through prayers.