The primary election season is heading for an interesting close, and the general election will be on us before we know it. Though we may be in a bit of a lull between election seasons, there is no more important time to pray for our nation and our leaders than now! In fact, I want to remind you of a key passage regarding the importance of praying for our land:
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.
~2 Chronicles 7:14
Friends, America has been a blessed land. I believe that is due to the Biblical foundation on which we were built. However, it doesn’t take much to realize that our beloved country is unraveling right before our very eyes. We can blame it on “the unrighteous” among us…or we can take responsibility as Christians to turn to the God of the universe in petition of His great patience and mercy upon us. Honestly, I believe that God has honored fervent prayers of His saints throughout America’s history, and has spared judgment on our nation because of it.
This is no time to let up. Our country needs our prayers more now than ever before. Christian leaders, including Franklin Graham, are fervent in their exhortation to lead us in prayer. His Decision America Tour is headed to Tennessee, Kentucky, and West Virginia over the next three days. Whether you live in those states or not, will you be faithful to pray? Every state needs our prayers, and when the tour comes to your state, I encourage you to attend live.
Tuesday, May 3, 2016: Nashville, Tennessee
- Tennessee has the most megachurches per capita, yet its capital – which hosts 11 – is home to the world’s largest adult bookstore.
- The state ranks #10 in church attendance (49% attend weekly).
- Tennessee is one of the five most violent states in the US and a leading producer of illegal marijuana.
“Gracious God, first, thank you for building up Your church in the state of Tennessee, and for drawing people to attend. Though we understand that “church” doesn’t save people, we pray that Your Word is taught in such a way that Tennesseans are drawn to a relationship with Jesus Christ. Bless the churches of Tennessee. Meanwhile, we stand against the evil perpetuated by immoral hotbeds such as adult bookstores. May Your grace reach into the hearts of those who own and operate those places, that they may turn from wicked ways. Otherwise, we pray You would blunt the impact they have, and that You would shut them down in favor of righteousness. Finally, Lord, we pray that violence would cease and production of illegal drugs would come to a halt. Bring revival to Tennessee, and light the flame in churches across that state.”
Wednesday, May 4, 2016: Frankfort, Kentucky
- Although most people in Kentucky identify themselves as Christian, only one-third read the Bible, pray, and attend church on a consistent basis.
- Painkillers are the leading cause of drug addiction in the state.
- Kentucky has the third-highest number of deaths due to drug overdose in the nation.
“Lord, please forgive us all for claiming to be something we are not. To some degree, we all fail at following You as we should. But Your grace abounds, and we are most grateful for that! Father, draw the Christians of Kentucky to truly follow You. Draw them to fellowship with each other, and to pray and feast on Your Word. May that happen across our entire nation. Meanwhile, we also plead Your sovereign mercy upon those addicted to painkillers and other drugs. Perhaps the drug use began legitimately, due to physical pain. Our prayer is that You will bring healing, both physically, mentally, and emotionally. May Kentuckians realize that drug use is not the answer to problems in life. Father God, only You can change that mindset and we believe You desire to do so. Cause those in the state of Kentucky to turn to the One who is able to fill every empty void. We praise You for being that resource.”
Thursday, May 5, 2016: Charleston, West Virginia
- West Virginia has the highest unemployment rate in America.
- The state has one of the nation’s highest divorce rates.
- 61% of West Virginians report church attendance in the past 6 months.
“Bless You, Lord Jesus, for drawing 61% of West Virginians to houses of worship. We pray that the fellowship is rich, the teaching is accurate, and the worship is true. Bless those who faithfully join others in fellowship around Your Word. We pray that those without work will be “plugged in” to a fellowship that will encourage, support, and assist them. May business prosper in West Virginia so that employers may hire, and may the people seeking work not lose heart. Build them up in Your love, Lord, and guide them to opportunities You provide. Meanwhile, strengthen families. Cause men to be strong spiritual leaders in their homes. May they seek You in all they do. Cause women to understand their role, and to boldly fulfill it so that they become the wives and mothers they need to be. Bless the children of families that are falling apart. Please protect them. O Lord, we desire revival. Will You use West Virginia as the catalyst that causes our nation to return to You in humility and repentance. May we earnestly seek Your face and turn from our wicked ways…and will You please hear us, forgive our sins, and heal our land? Thank You, Lord God, for Your grace and mercy. Amen.”