Pray for Her
Many celebrations enshrouded the weekend for us Beamers: a long-awaited wedding of a dear friend, a baby shower for one I have known since she was a baby, and Father’s Day. In the midst of these joyous occasions, I would often stop and think of the hurting community in Charleston, South Carolina. Today, I am finally still and reflecting on America as a whole. She is bleeding, and her gaping wound can no longer be ignored.
Do you see the sheer desperation of our current state? The disease that has been spreading unnoticed for years has finally surfaced, and it splits open our last measure of defense. It’s like a blood infection that eventually causes a breakdown in the flesh, and our skin no longer offers needed protection. Pray for America- she is splayed open, allowing access to any and every type of invasion.
We are vulnerable.
I don’t define the disease the way many others do. I do not believe our culture is sick with guns. It’s not a Republican vs. Democrat thing. I don’t believe the disease is racial division, nor is it a lack of respect for authority. There is obviously hate at work in the heart of man, but even that is a symptom, not the disease.
America is sick with sin. While mankind has always had a sin issue, we are at a critical state in our land because what was once a well-known cause for brokenness leading to repentance is now heralded as good and right. Get with the new progressive way of living in America or get before a judge when I sue you for thinking the way you do. This is who we have become. The Church of Jesus Christ is told its voice is irrelevant. Put simply, we are told to shut up. The Bible is regarded as foolishness or in need of modification- surely the exclusive talk of judgment cannot still apply. People accept and champion my sin-riddled lifestyle, so God must do the same…
Father, forgive them, for they know not what they do.
“We have to recognize that sin is a fact of life, not just a shortcoming. Sin is blatant mutiny against God, and either sin or God must die in my life. The New Testament brings us right down to this one issue- if sin rules in me, God’s life in me will be killed; if God rules in me, sin in me will be killed. There is nothing more fundamental than that. The culmination of sin was the crucifixion of Jesus Christ, and what was true in the history of God on earth will also be true in your history and in mine- that is, sin will kill the life of God in us. We must mentally bring ourselves to terms with this fact of sin. It is the only explanation why Jesus Christ came to earth, and it is the explanation of the grief and sorrow of life.” 1
Friend, the Church is God’s vehicle in the earth to turn the tide. Pray for America. Even the leper is miraculously healed when he comes to Jesus. America still remains, but her health is critical. Pray for her. Take this charge from Mother Teresa: “Love the person in front of you,” and see the turning of the tide right before your eyes.
Father in heaven, You are the author of life. In You, Jesus, we live and breathe and have our being. Holy Spirit, You strengthen us with boldness and power to overcome the temptation of the enemy. Your love, God, fuels our hearts with love. We will not succumb to the sinful nature of the flesh, but by Jesus’ death and resurrection, sin was put to death in us. It is through joy in this new life that we invite others to come to Your table and find true and lasting life. Jesus, we pray for America. We are thankful for this nation. We pray that our shining Your light will enable others to hear You knocking on the door to their hearts, and they will respond with opening the door to You. Strengthen us, Holy Spirit, so that we may boldly proclaim the kingdom of God. We declare by faith that Your Church becomes the pacesetter for culture, and we will see a changed nation. May America once again be a place for Your Name. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
1 Chambers, Oswald. My Utmost For His Highest. Edited by James Reimann. Oswald Chambers Publications Assoc., Ltd. 1992.