There is a real wave of discouragement and despondency sweeping through the United States these days. For many, it seems as though our nation is on the path of no return. There is a real concern that we have drifted too far from God and that we might never again see a nationwide spiritual awakening. It certainly is possible for a people to go too far in their rebellion.
But I do not believe the United States is yet at that point. The Lord has many who are crying out to Him. There is a growing movement of prayer that is focusing on repentance and turning back to God. Check out this website: OneCry.com for an encouraging viewpoint.
God’s Word to Judah many years ago was both bad news and good news. The people were going to suffer for their rebellion against God. But in the midst of those tough times, God made a promise showing that He wasn’t done with Judah. He promised health, peace, and security to a people who didn’t deserve it. But such is His mercy and love—both then and today!
• Make a commitment to pray daily for a spirit of repentance to come upon the church in the United States.
• Thank the Lord that His mercy triumphs over judgment.
• Pray for healing, peace, and security to come to this nation.
Lord, we certainly deserve Your judgment. As a nation, we have sinned against You in virtually every way. We have deliberately tried to remove You from public life. We have squandered wealth, chosen convenience over life, abused the weak, dishonored the poor, and allowed our prejudices and hatreds to divide us. Forgive us! Instead of judgment, pour out Your mercy. We need the healing that only You can provide. Bring again to our nation Your health, Your peace, and Your security.
–Adapted from Desperate for Change: 40 Days of Prayer for America by David Butts