This Thursday, May 2, is National Day of Prayer. The purpose is to mobilize prayer in America and to encourage personal repentance and righteousness in the culture. A nation coming together in prayer is powerful, biblical, and is one of the ways we can come together as the body of Christ to honor the LORD. Many times in the Bible when a nation was in judgment, The LORD relented when the nation came together in repentance and sought Him. Our nation is facing pivotal challenges in the battle for Christian morality, the battle against atheism and Christian apathy, and the growing oppression of religious free speech. Let us come together in prayer to ask that God would continue to bless our country.
The Lord desires we seek Him…
Romans 1:21 For although they knew God, they did not honor him as God or give thanks to him, but they became futile in their thinking, and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Claiming to be wise, they became fools…24 Therefore God gave them up in the lusts of their hearts to impurity, to the dishonoring of their bodies among themselves, 25 because they exchanged the truth about God for a lie and worshiped and served the created rather than the Creator, who is blessed forever! Amen.
We can see the evidence of this in our nation today. One way God punishes people’s disobedience is by turning away and leaving us to pursue our own sinful desires, letting us reap the consequences of our actions.
Romans 1 cont. 26 For this reason God gave them up to dishonorable passions. For their women exchanged natural relations for those that are contrary to nature; 27 and the men likewise gave up natural relations with women and were consumed with passion for one another, men committing shameless acts with men and receiving in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 And since they did not see fit to acknowledge God, God gave them up to a debased mind to do what ought not to be done. 29 They were filled with all manner of unrighteousness, evil, covetousness, malice. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, maliciousness. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, haters of God, insolent, haughty, boastful, inventors of evil, disobedient to parents, 31 foolish, faithless, heartless, ruthless. 32 Though they know God’s righteous decree that those who practice such things deserve to die, they not only do them but give approval to those who practice them.
The above mentioned iniquities have been increasingly afflicting our nation in recent years. Note the last line, in the name of tolerance and acceptance we are increasingly supportive of what the Bible outlines as sinful acts. In some cases our political leaders, and some in the church are even fighting for them. Additionally the media continues to offer more and more support to terrorists and public shooters by offering them the fame they desire in the national news. We further fuel this with our viewership.
God desires we come together in prayer and repentance…
Here is what Christ says in Luke 11…
29 When the crowds were increasing, he began to say, “This generation is an evil generation. It seeks for a sign, but no sign will be given to it except the sign of Jonah. 30 For as Jonah became a sign to the people of Nineveh, so will the Son of Man be to this generation. 32 The men of Nineveh will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for they repented at the preaching of Jonah, and behold, something greater than Jonah is here.
The sign of Jonah, Jonah chapter 3…
3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city,[a] three days’ journey in breadth.[b] 4 Jonah began to go into the city, going a day’s journey. And he called out, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!” 5 And the people of Nineveh believed God. They called for a fast and put on sackcloth, from the greatest of them to the least of them.
6 The word reached the king of Nineveh, and he arose from his throne, removed his robe, covered himself with sackcloth, and sat in ashes. 7 And he issued a proclamation and published through Nineveh, “By the decree of the king and his nobles: Let neither man nor beast, herd nor flock, taste anything. Let them not feed or drink water, 8 but let man and beast be covered with sackcloth, and let them call out mightily to God. Let everyone turn from his evil way and from the violence that is in his hands. 9 Who knows? God may turn and relent and turn from his fierce anger, so that we may not perish.”
10 When God saw what they did, how they turned from their evil way, God relented of the disaster that he had said he would do to them, and he did not do it.
This generation, the age of the Christians, has received the sign of Jonah…we have been told how we are to serve the LORD. For our government to know and believe, we the people must first demonstrate that we believe…as the Ninevites did.
Thursday night The Merrell Center in Katy will be hosting a prayer event. http://www.ndpwesthouston.org/. I strongly encourage all to attend, or to find an event in your area! This is a pivotal time in the future of our nation! I love you all and hope to be praying alongside you this Thursday!