Humble Ourselves and Pray

Birds call to one another as I talk to my Father on the farmhouse porch before the sun comes up.

“What do you think, Lord?”

I hear what He says. “I’ve told you what I think, it’s in My Word.”

The recent Supreme Court Ruling was no shock—it was just a matter of time. America ceased to be a nation that follows after Christ’s teaching years ago. Yesterday just confirmed it.

Now what?

It’s a kind of beginning, I think.

Last night Tom and I attended our church prayer meeting. We spoke of the ruling and then we prayed. They weren’t prayers most liberals would expect us to pray. We cried. We pleaded, most of all, we confessed our own sin.

We prayed about I Corinthians 6:9-12:

“Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: neither the sexually immoral, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men who practice homosexuality, nor thieves, nor the greedy, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.”

We didn’t so much concentrate on the part about homosexuality. We confessed the part about “and such were some of you.” We confessed our greed and our reviling and idolatrous thoughts. We confessed our sins and asked God to give us grace and compassion as we deal with others—even those who will persecute us because of our beliefs.

After we finished, our pastor said, “Real revivals start with confession of sin. If what happened in this room tonight happens all over America, we might have the Third Awakening.”

So I’m asking you, Brothers and Sisters to get on your knees and pray.

II Chronicles 7:14 states, “If my people who are called by my name humble themselves, and pray and seek my face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven and will forgive their sin and heal their land.”

After we pray, we need to turn. Turn from the sin of our culture, our own desires, and plead the blood of Christ.

What we need in America is a good dose of the Gospel. All have sinned and fall short of God’s glory. According to the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus says we are all guilty since we’ve all had bad thoughts. Lustful, hateful, selfish, proud thoughts. It doesn’t even matter if we’ve acted out on those thought, they are all an affront to a Holy God.

But Jesus intervened. That is what changed us—not what we did or didn’t do. Faith in Christ alone for our salvation.

It’s time we share that message boldly with our culture—no matter what the cost.

And God will be glorified.

And we may be persecuted.

This could be a new beginning.

It’s up to us.

 

 

2 Comments on "Humble Ourselves and Pray"

  1. Melinda Stortenbecker says:

    this is really very well said. I shared it.

  2. PaulIne Hylton says:

    Thanks Melinda. The fear of The Lord is the beginning of wisdom. Praying America will fear Him again.

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