The wicked shall be turned into hell, and all the nations that forget God. Psalm 9:17
This weekend we celebrated our country’s independence from Britain, and the political and religious tyranny it represented nearly 250 years ago. We are thankful for the courageous men who fought in that epic battle, and for the faith of our founding fathers and their vision for a nation free to serve God without censor and persecution.
Sadly, in recent decades there has been a concerted effort by outspoken secularists to remove God from the framework and fabric of our society. Where once God was welcomed into our schools and into our local, state, and federal governments, now He is banned. Where once Christianity was the accepted norm in this country, now it is equated with intolerance and old-fashioned ideals. The result has been the slow erosion of our Christian foundation, and with it our morality, values, and the freedom of Christians to serve God without persecution. Today’s rapid acceleration into chaos is indicative of a foundation that is all but gone. In Psalm 11:3, David asked, “If the foundations be destroyed, what can the righteous do?”
Now, as at the beginning of this great nation, there is a need to fight for religious freedom. But unlike those brave men who fought against British soldiers, this epic battle will be won on our knees. Ephesians 6:12 tells us, "For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places." And in 2 Chronicles 7:14, God promised that if His people who are called by His great name, would humble themselves and pray, and seek His face, that He would hear from heaven and heal our land! The time is ripe for another Great Awakening in this country, but God is calling you and me to go to war in our prayer closets and in our altars to push back the powers of darkness that threaten to overtake our country.
The prayers of each one of us can, and will, make a difference. James 5:16 tells us that “[t]he effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.” Saints of God, let us pray like never before for our country, and together, we can help put God back in America again!
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