You know what is so crazy about prayer?
People who don’t consider themselves as “holy and righteous” or a “believer or churchgoer” or even claim to read the Bible seem to believe in prayer.
How many times have someone who isn’t “into faith” asked you as a Christian, “Hey, can you pray for me?”
Lately, I’ve noticed that although the unsaved people in my life won’t come to a worship service or care to engage in faith every time they hear me say I’m going to church they’ll ask, “Can you pray for me at church?”
There’s just something special about prayer that differs from a worship service and Bible reading. And the main difference, if you ask me, is that the words you speak from your mouth go directly to God’s ears.
See, God says this in 2 Chronicles 7:14:
“Then if my people who are called by my name will humble themselves and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sins and restore their land.”
Can you imagine that? Our country being forgiven of its unrighteousness and being restored. How much of a blessing would this be to you to see your government, your family, your neighbors — the things and people you care about — restored. The best part is, you can to make this happen.
It may seem crazy to think our country can be restored when so many rebel against God, but you see, the requirement for our land to be restored doesn’t rest with the unrighteous. God says “if my people who are called by my name…” — meaning us, His children.
(Makes you think, huh, that if restoration lies with the righteous, not the ungodly, is it God’s people who are hindering nations from being restored?)
In any case, I’d like to say a prayer, and I hope you pray along with me (or even comment with a prayer below).
Dear Heavenly Father,
Thank you for your wonderful love and the grace and mercy you’ve given to each of us. Thank you for providing us with a brand new day to live life right, and to fulfill the purpose you created us to do. Lord God, we lift up our leaders — whether in ministry or in the secular realms of the world — and ask you to create a God-minded consciousness within them. Help our leaders to make decisions not off of personal gain and selfish desires, but to do what is right according to your will. Father, we lift up those who are hurting and depressed, the ones who are often overlooked and forgotten, and we ask that you bless them with your peace and with your comfort. Allow them Lord to know they are never alone, never forsaken, and that if they simply come to you, you will embrace them with your love. Lastly God, I pray for your body, your sons and daughters in Christ Jesus. Lord, forgive us for our wrongs and help us to live pure lives: lives that will bring people closer to your heart, and deeper into your presence. Help your children, Lord God, to live with unity and to help guide the lost and unsaved to the foot of your throne. We ask Lord God that you keep us and you continue to mold us as you desire us to be. In Jesus’ name, amen.