Listed below are areas of controversy, disagreement, division—and sometimes outright hostility—in our nation. Some would pick other issues than what are listed here, but it is important to pray with repentance, discernment and strength over at least these seven areas:
- The life of the unborn
- The nature of marriage and family
- Religious freedom
- The U.S. relationship with Israel
- The growing threat of terrorism and the fear and mistrust it brings
- Racism and its growing divisiveness
- The idolatry of tolerance—and the resulting intolerance for those who disagree with prevailing ideas. This issue greatly impacts the other flash points.
Prayer rarely stops after the “amen.” When we passionately cry out to God over any issue, we should, with integrity, also find ourselves praying, “Lord, if there is any way You can use me to be an answer to this prayer, here I am.”
Father, our world is so difficult and divided right now. Even Your people are in disagreement, and we are fighting one another instead of treating each other with love and respect. Help me to stand upon the truth of Your word, and to obey it! Give me great love for people who treat me badly because of this obedience and prompt me to pray for them. Show me how to do as much good as I can when so many are choosing their own preferences over Yours. Use me to be Your hands and feet…and to be salt and light in a culture that has turned its back on Your word.
–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 you are his temple (1 Cor. 3:16). Thank God for the work he’s given you to build up Christ’s body, the church (Eph. 4:16). Confess those times you do not honor God with your body, as he has purchased you with the price of his blood (1 Cor. 6:19-20). Commit yourself to Jesus’ cleansing of your total being (Jn. 13:8-10). Ask God to reveal to you daily the mystery of his glorious riches (Col. 1:26-27).
Pray that your family and friends will not dwell on outward beauty but on the unfading beauty of the inner self, a gentle and quiet spirit (1 Pet. 3:3-4).
“Prayer enlarges the heart until it is capable of containing God’s gift of himself. Ask and seek, and your heart will grow big enough to receive him and keep him as your own.” —Mother Teresa
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