It’s really that simple. The word that thrilled our founding fathers and prompted sacrifices from them and many other generations down through history was freedom to seek God . . . or even the freedom to not seek Him.
In so many ways, the great crisis of our nation is the loss of freedom. The Pilgrims who first came to this country braved great difficulties because the government of England was not allowing them to worship as they believed was right. If Pilgrims were living today, they would be appalled at how that freedom has been eroded through the years.
It is not just religious liberty we are speaking of, though that is the one that strikes most closely to home as we consider revival. Other examples include unfair taxation, regulations in every area of life, and, especially dangerous, the stifling of free speech through an increasing pressure to conform to “politically correct” forms of thought and speech. In the name of “tolerance,” an intolerant culture is taking away our hard-earned freedoms.
A rebirth of freedom in our land opens the door for the Church to cry out to God for His glory to come. Yes, that most certainly can still happen in the midst of oppression, but I believe the blessings of God can impact an entire nation that allows for the freedom to seek the Lord. One of the most important prayers you can pray is for a restoration of freedom.
Living Jesus, Your death and resurrection gave us complete freedom to live our lives for You alone! Your word says that it is for freedom that we have been set free…we are to stand firm and not submit again to a yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1). We see this freedom dwindling in our nation today and are concerned that our religious freedoms are being eroded by our culture. Help us to live as free people and not to use this freedom as a cover-up for evil (1 Peter 2:16). Teach us to live in obedience! May we continually recognize that wherever Your Spirit is, freedom dwells there (2 Corinthians 3:17).
–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 whose kingdom is not a matter of eating and drinking but of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit (Rom. 14:17). Thank God for his kindness and love in Jesus, who saved you by the shedding of his own blood (Titus 3:4-7). Confess those times of subtle boasting of how much you do for the Lord and his church (2 Cor. 11:21-30). Commit yourself to quietly helping another person through prayer, encouragement, or deed without self-recognition. Ask God to keep you from pride (Rom. 11:20).
Ask that your church will spend time encouraging and equipping members, warning those who are idle, helping the weak—being the best possible stewards of time as well as money (1 Thess. 5:11-21).